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Unit Three Summary and Analysis

The full prompt for this unit can be found in your Mercury Reader.
3-5 pgs
MLA format
Due: October 23rd, 2013 in class and D2L.

summary, often called an abstract, states the main ideas of a larger text and does so in a condensed manner. When we summarize another author’s texts we should make sure to consider the author’s intent so as to present the material in a way that reflects the original material. An important factor in this is being able to remain objective as possible.

Summarizing is useful because it is something that you will be expected to do in all fields of work. When you are able to successfully summarize something you show that you truly understand the text and that you can efficiently digest information presented to you.

Summaries are essential to research writing, which you will undoubtedly interact with several times in your academic and personal life.

When we summarize we are playing the “believing” game. This means that we make an effort to see the article through the author’s eyes and abstain from judgment. Similar to the description portion of your Unit Two essays, this is a portion of the essay where you report your findings without commenting on them.

When we transition into analysis is when the “doubting” game becomes more relevant—where you begin to investigate the author’s reasoning and rhetoric.

It is important to remember that for this unit we are looking at the HOW not the WHAT of the essays. Do not focus on the argument itself, but the way in which the author has presented the argument to the target audience. We are trying to identify the way in which the writer is selling their point of view to the reader.

In summarizing you:
-Distinguish between main and subordinate points
-Use attributive tags to identify the author’s material
-Cite the article using quotes
-Remain neutral and objective

In the first paragraph of your summary you should present the main idea, or thesis of the argument. It is also key to acknowledge the author, the title of the text, and mention the primary method in which the author rhetorically addresses the subject.

Krauthammer ex intro sentence:
Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, in his essay, “Saving Nature, but Only for Man,” argues that, while conservation is a worthy practice, it ends must be primarily for the benefit of humanity. First he raises the question of how to choose among the countless conflicting proposals, projects, and legislations, between which are crucial and which are merely sentimental earth-worship. He says it’s simple: just determine which measures protect humans, and which only protect nature. Thus he divides the world into two camps: Humans and Nature.

Group work:

Be prepared to talk about your assigned article and present it to the class on Monday. You are allowed to evaluate the article for your presentation. Your classmates will use the summaries as guides to determine what essays interest them so focus on being clear and informative.

Group #1: The Obligation to Endure
Group #2: Reclaiming Food Democracy
Group #3: Water Inc
Group #4: Toward A Second Haition Revolution
Group #5: The Great Climate Flip-Flop
Group #6: The New Wilderness Land Grab
Group # 7: The Climythology of America

******** Group #4 can read their text via this link:


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