Summarizing Last week your written assignment consisted

Summarizing
Last week your written assignment consisted of analyzing a
source. This week you will summarize a source. These two skills
are useful in different situations. Both will be necessary as you
work on your researched argument paper for this course. You may
even discover that you will use these skills in your personal and
professional life as well.
Remember that the purpose of this summary is to present the
information from the reading in condensed form; your paper should
be objective. Do not include personal opinion personal judgments
of the material or personal narrative. Be brief be as accurate
as you can and try to capture the complete sense of the reading in
your summary.
Step 1:
Use the Ebscohost link to search for the following article:
Friedman T. L. & Mandelbaum M. (2011). America really was
that great (but that doesn’t mean we are now). Foreign Policy
(189) 76-78.
As you read the article it may be helpful to take notes or
create an outline of the text.
Step 2:
Write a summary of the article. Your summary should meet the
following guidelines: Is between 150 and 250 words(no longer)
Includes direct quotations and paraphrased passages from the text
which are cited in APA in-text citation style Uses attributive
tags that but establishes him or her as an authority in the field
of study Avoids personal opinion Is written clearly concisely
and accurately Is written solely in third-person Includes an APA
style References page Has been closely edited so that it contains
few or no mechanical errors
Step 3:
Summary Exercise Checklist
Use these questions to evaluate your essay against the
assignment requirements: Does this summary meet the assignment
criteria? Does your summary present the main ideas in the original
article? Does this summary use effective transitions as it
progresses from sentence to sentence? Does this summary avoid
personal opinion casual language or first or second person
language? Is there anything in this summary that could have been
left out without losing its effect? Is the summary effective?
Does information need to be added or deleted to complete the
assignment?
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