Summary & Analysis Exercise
In groups, discuss the assigned readings, come up with your answers to these questions, and be prepared to share the results:
- What’s the topic of the reading?
- What argument is being made?
- Are there supporting arguments for the main argument?
- What evidence is presented to support the argument being made?
- Which sentences from the reading seem most important? Highlight them.
Put your answers to these questions in your own words (this is called paraphrasing). For this exercise, don’t reproduce, exactly, the language of the original (this is called quoting).
- Who is the author? What is their relationship to the topic of the reading?
- How is the text organized? For example, does it begin with an explicit thesis? Or is the main point gradually revealed as the reading progresses? Is the argument divided into different parts? What are they? Does the author quote other sources? What kinds of sources?
- In what context was this reading originally written? How is the topic and argument of the reading related to that context?
- Who do you think the original audience for this reading is?
- Take at least one of the sentences you highlighted in the “Summary” part of this exercise and practice using the “intro / quote (cite) / restate / relate” pattern of incorporation described on page 44 of BTD.