Most of us use critical reading strategies everyday to effectively process all of the information we are consistently bombarded with. This assignment allows you continue to explore ideas of reading and writing rhetorically, as you will use different strategies to write your summary and your strong response.
This assignment will have two parts:
In this unit, we will be focusing on Part 1, the Summary.
Summarize in 150-200 words the article your instructor has chosen from the assignment. If you have the 9th edition, please use “Working at McDonald’s” on pages 280-283 (or pages 283-286 in the 8th edition). If you have the 7th edition, please use “Nickel and Dimed” on pages 270-273. In this summary, you should relay the article’s main points, completely and accurately, in your own words. If you find yourself in a situation in which the author’s words needed to be quoted directly (perhaps for emphasis), you must make it clear that these words are the author’s by using quotation marks appropriately. You will not want to quote anything over one sentence in length, and you will want to limit yourself to no more than 2-3 direct quotes, if you use any at all. Remember that the whole point of this portion of the assignment is for you to restate the author’s points objectively in your own words.
In general, I recommend you structure your first sentence something like this:
In “Working at McDonald’s,” Amitai Etzioni argues that…
In “Nickel and Dimed,” Barbara Ehrenreich argues that…
This will function as the thesis statement of your summary, so this first sentence will need to convey the main point(s) of the article to give your reader an overall view.
Please be sure to review the Submitting Your Assignment of Unit #3 section for specific instructions on how you should turn in your work for grading. The Summary & Critical Response Essay with both required sections is due at the end of Unit #3.
In the last unit, we focused on crafting the summary. In this unit, we will focus on the second half of this paper: the critical response. The paper (including both sections–the summary and the critical response) will be due at the end of this unit.
This assignment has two parts:
In this unit, we will be focusing on Part 2, the Critical Response.
Write a 1 ½ to 2 page response to the article your instructor has chosen from the assignment. If you have the 9th or 8th edition, please use “Working at McDonald’s”–on pages 280-283 in your 9th edition textbook (or 283-286 in the 8th edition textbook). If you have the 7th edition, please use “Nickel and Dimed” on pages 270-273. Before you even begin drafting, you will want to decide on the terms of your response. Once you decide on the terms (or grounds) of your response, you’ll want to figure out how you can support your points—using logic, outside evidence—whatever is appropriate. Your response cannot be based on simply your opinion about the issue.
This is a good start, but what you’ve turned in doesn’t quite fulfill the requirements of this assignment. Please keep in mind that this assignment asks for two distinct sections:
First, the summary should be exactly 150-200 words in length. The summary should restate Etzioni’s points in an objective, unbiased manner. Every sentence should include an attributive tag, such as Etzioni suggests, Etzioni argues, etc. The summary should not include your opinions or hint at your opinions at all.
Second, the critical response should be at least 400-500 words in length (minimum). The critical response section needs to be focused on responding to Etzioni’s particular points/techniques at the writerly level. How did his specific approaches work or not work? Why? In other words, this section should be devoted to responding to Etzioni’s particular points/techniques (discussion of how/why what he did was—or was not—successful). You should also provide examples to support your points. Rather than conveying your opinions about the topic itself, this section should be about the successfulness (or failures) of the article, using specific examples to support your arguments (about the article). You might also consider previewing your points towards the beginning of the critical response and incorporating transitions throughout. Again, this section should be at least 400-500 words in length.
Right now, I have received an essay from you, but the summary is missing. The critical response also seems more like a strong response at times, focused on your opinions about the issue itself, rather than an actual analysis of the article.
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