ENG 102 CSUGC Closing the Gap

Summary Response Essay

Introduction

In Module 1, you were asked to review the assignment instruction for the Module 8 Portfolio Project. The themes for this course include:

  • Closing the Gap Between College and Career

You will choose a theme path in this module and will develop and build on this theme path throughout your course of study in this class.

As an academic writer, it is vital to form a working thesis about your topic early, so that you can shape your research and form an inquiry plan about the research material that you will be using. Keeping this in mind, you will need to select and analyze key concepts of the topic early in the research process. As such, be cognizant of the theses or the claims made by the authors who write in your chosen path as you read the literature tied to your theme.

Instructions

For this Critical Thinking Assignment, you are to develop a summary response essay. This should build on the work you submitted to the discussion board for this week. Be sure to accurately decipher your assignment. (Links to an external site.)

Instructions for writing a summary response paper are included in the lecture. Be sure to refer to these prior to delving into the content of your paper. Your paper should accomplish the following:

  1. Introduction: Thesis statement, information about the article.
    • Be sure to note key information in the article: author, time and place of publication and article title.
    • Be sure to note the main thesis of the article that includes the author’s key ideas and intentions.
  2. Summary: Your analysis of the article. Be sure to write in the objective third person.
    • Refer to the author and not the article during your examination of key points as articles are inanimate.
  3. Response (body paragraphs): Note where you agree, or disagree with ideas, and points the author asserts in the article.
    • Be sure to paraphrase and cite in-text as you develop academic paragraphs that have a topic sentence, evidence, and analysis of the ideas you are exploring.
  4. Conclusion: Note the main implications of the article, any gaps you see in the research, or where you think you can look further for information.

Expand on your group discussion post in which you summarized an article.

Submit this draft to the Smarthinking tutors. Consider using the live session option as the tutors are available 24/7 and you will receive immediate feedback.

Required elements to turn in with submission:

  • Draft
  • Feedback report from Smarthinking tutor.Smarthinking can help better writers improve their writing as well as less developed ones. So always go to Smarthinking as early and often as you can. Getting expert feedback is a vital key to improving your writing and should always be a part of your writing process. Smarthinking should become your writing best friend.
  • You can find the path to Smarthinking by going to the Home page of this course and clicking on the Smarthinking tab of the navigational links found on the left-hand margin of the page.

Requirements:

  • Length: 2-3 pages (not counting the title and reference pages, which you must include)
  • Use third person (Links to an external site.).
  • Assert your academic voice.
  • Cite at least one source for this assignment.
    • You will have to cite several peer reviewed credible sources in your final portfolio project, so start exploring sources now and start saving them to a reference management system. Mendeley (free) and RefWorks (fee-based) are good resources.
    • In academic writing, it is always best practice to cite credible sources, such as a scholarly journal article. Your work here in this paper can lead to building content for your final paper due at the end of the course, so be cognizant about source quality.
    • The CSU Global Library is an excellent place to search for credible, scholarly sources.
    • The following at the CSU Global Writing Center should help you assess what a credible source will resemble: Types of Sources (Links to an external site.).
  • Your paper must be formatted according to CSU Global Writing Center (Links to an external site.).
  • You may use the template paper for this assignment.

Refer to the Critical Thinking Assignment Rubric available in the Module 2 Folder for more information on assignment expectations and grading.

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