Guide to Reading Summaries - York University Department of Languages Literatures and Linguistics AP\/JP 3600 3.00 Japanese Popular Culture manga and

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York University Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics AP/JP 3600 3.00 Japanese Popular Culture: manga and anime Fall 2015 Guide to the Reading Summaries Students will be required to write short summaries of two supplementary readings. Each summary is worth 5% of your final mark. The summary is a précis of the reading and will show whether you have really understood its content. You are to condense the main point (the thesis) of the reading into your own words (i.e., don’t copy the wording of the reading—one could easily just copy some passages of an article without understanding what those passages mean, but it really shows if you have absorbed the material if you can express its content in your own words). This is a useful exercise in helping develop critical reading skills (i.e., ultimately what is the author trying to say here?), which will be useful when reading source material for your final essay. You should conclude your summary with a sentence or two giving your assessment of the
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Unformatted text preview: reading. Does it make its point successfully? Is it too dated to be of useful today? Is the argument too biased, etc. Each summary should only be about one paragraph in length. The summary is to be submitted to the instructor by e-mail (preferably in Microsoft Word) the night before the class it is due. Your summary will be shown to the class during the lecture and everyone will be invited to make constructive criticisms on not only the content, but also the formatting of the summary. Therefore, keep in mind that formatting, grammar, spelling, and writing style are all factors here. It doesn’t matter how good the content of an essay is if the reader cannot understand it due to bad grammar, etc. Your name will not be displayed, so there is no need to feel self-conscious about these criticisms. The goal of this assignment is to help students develop good writing skills. We can all learn from seeing the shortcomings (as well as seeing good examples) of these assignments to improve our own writing....
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  • Fall '18
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  • Japanese, Writing, critical reading skills, Department of Languages, Japanese popular culture, Literatures and Linguistics

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