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Unformatted text preview: "Willth thanks to the Colorado State University Writing Studio Writing Effective Summary and Response Essays The Summary: A summary is a concise paraphrase of all the main ideas in an essay. h cites the author and the title (usually in the first sentencex it comains the essay's thesis and supporting ideas; it may use direct quotation of forceful or concise statements of the author's ideas; it will NOT usually cite the author's examples or supporting details unless they are central to the main idea. Must summaries present the major points in the order that the author made them and continually refer back to the article being summarized (i.e. "Damon argues that ..."or being summarized. "Goodman also points out that ... "). The summary should take up no more than one-third the length of the work The Response: A response is a critique or evaluation of the author's essay, Unlike the summary, it is composed of YOUR opinions in relation to the antide being summarized. It examines ideas that you agree or disagree with and identifies the essay's strengths and weaknesses in reasoning and logic, in quality of supporting examples, and in organization and style. A good response is persuasive; therefore, it should cite facts, examples, and personal experience that e ther refistes or supports the amicle you're responding to, depending on your stance. Two Typical Organizational Formats for SummaryResponse Essays: 1. Present the summary in a block of paragraphs, followed by the response in a block: Intro thesis Summary (two to three paragraphs) Agreement ( or disagreement) Disagreement for a greement) Conclusion Note: Some essays will incorporate both agreement and disagreement in a msponse, but this is not mandatory. 2. Introduce the essay with a short paragraph thet includes your thesis. Then, each body paragraph summarizes one point and responds to it, and a conclusion wraps the essay up. Intro/thesis Summary point one: agee disagree Summary point two; agreeldisagree Summary point three; agree'disagree Conclusion...
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