See pages 379-383 in your Wadsworth (section 44a&b) for further assistance on summary writing.
Summaries should be 600-900 words long (in hard copy this is about 2-3 pages, double-spaced).
A summary repeats and rewrites in your own words the main points of another work. A summary – in this case, an analytic summary – not only restates the central ideas of the primary text, but also analyzes the argument for strengths and weaknesses. Reviews, articles, and academic essays that use secondary sources use summary.
In all summary assignments, you will be summarizing the main points and questions of the text and then engaging it on a slightly more analytic level. You will need to pay attention not only to the what of the piece, but also the how and why. What is being said or depicted? How is it being said or shown? Why is s/he presenting these ideas in these ways (and does it work)?
Do not tell me whether or not you agree with the author/creator’s points – simply state whether or not s/he has presented them in an effective manner. You may disagree with the argument because s/he has failed to make it in a convincing way; tell me what the errors or gaps in argumentation are, rather than simply saying you do not like or agree with it.
To upload your summaries go to the link for the assignment provided below. Click on "Submit Evidence," then browse to find the file. Once you have uploaded it, click "Save." When the window is closed, it will have a link to the uploaded file. You can also choose to type in the file in a "Rich Text Window" or to copy and paste from a .txt or .rtf file.
There are four summary assignments for this course. They are as follows.
1. Fact Summary, due 21 January
Choose a chapter from Norwich’s Shakespeare’s Kings or A Speech... at Whitehall (from your Bedford Macbeth). Find instructions and submit here.
2. Theory Summary, due 28 January
Choose either Basilikon Doron or True Law of Free Monarchies. Find instructions and submit here.
3. Argument Summary, due 4 February
Use a section from the Introduction to the Arden Richard III (choose a sub-header within the Introduction). Find instructions and submit here.
4. Exhibit Summary, due 13 February
Choose something that you have not used for a previous summary. You need not restrict yourself to course materials, but if you choose something from outside class, you must get it pre-approved by me. Find instructions and submit here.