Way to go future Advanced-Penglish-11-sters! You've turned in two summaries, and now it's time for #3.
For this one, you're actually going to be using all the stuff your peers have already done. Here's how:
Read through everything, looking for articles and subjects you're interested in. When you find a few, follow the essayists' links to their source articles and read the original essays they summarized.
THEN, Write your personal reaction (this means that you will be writing in the first person, as well as the third) to one article and its student summary; your job is to answer each of these 3 questions, in a paragraph each: (I've worded each a few ways so that you see the point: you will answer most, though not necessarily all parts of each question)
1. What is significant about the subject of the essay? What critical controversy does it address? Extend the original summary by adding more (this may include your own research) about the context of the essayist's opinion.
2. As you read the summary, and the original article, what would you add about what you see as the author's MAIN idea and PURPOSE? You may end up agreeing with the original summary, but you may also indicate that "I really felt that the most important idea was actually more about...rather than..." etc. (of course use your own language, and you're entitled to point out a main idea that you feel that they "underemphasized."
3. What makes the issue addressed by the original article important? This will be your opinion, but should be based on your analysis of the subject: what's at stake with the issue? Who's affected? Why do they care? Why should we care? ( If you answer this well, you will also have logically concluded.)
- Critique your peer's essay, its style, or approach: your job is to discuss the ideas, not your peer's writing technique.
- Praise their essay, talk about how much you liked it, or bring in your own examples of how it applies. (We will do this on assignments this year, but with the short length of your post, focus on the actual content of the article and its examples, looking for interesting specifics that are already there to bring to light!)
Have fun looking at, and interacting with, each others' work.
I'll be back on this blog after August 15th.