Writing_Summaries_and_Using_Quotations - 1 ENG 411 Motai...

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ENG 411 Motai WRITING SHORT STORY SUMMARIES Every essay that you write in this class will begin with a summary of the story you are analyzing. Some general rules about summaries: 1. Summaries are brief. 2. Summaries are not too specific. You should not mention brand names, exact numbers, secondary characters, unimportant place names, etc. in your summary. 3. Summaries generally appear at the beginning of an essay , often after the introduction and before the thesis. A summary could also appear after the thesis, in its own separate paragraph. 4. Summaries should cover the “4 WH questions” ( although s ometimes all of the information will not be presented in the story). Who. ........... are the important characters? When……. ..did the story take place? (The exact date, if it is mentioned, or the era ( after WWII ) and/or the time of day if it is significant.) Where……. .did the story take place? (Name of the country, city, region or place—e.g. apple orchard ) What………happened? Tell the basic plot (events of the story), and how the story is resolved. 1
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English 411 (Quotes from “Long Walk to Forever,” by Kurt Vonnegut) USING QUOTATIONS USING QUOTATIONS TO SUPPORT YOUR THESIS To emphasize, support and illustrate your ideas, and to convince your readers that your interpretation of a story is reasonable, it is necessary to use quotations from the text of the story. Note the different
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2011 for the course ENG 411 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at S.F. State.

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