Read and Summarize
Search for the following articles:
- Friedman, T. L., & Mandelbaum, M. (2011). America really was that great (but that doesn’t mean we are now). Foreign Policy, (189), 76-78. Read and summarize.
Summary should meet the following guidelines:
- is between 150 and 250 words(no longer);
- includes direct quotations and paraphrased passages from the text;
- uses attributive tags that not only work to convey the mood of the writer, but establish him or her as an authority in the field of study;
- avoids personal opinion;
- is written clearly, concisely, and accurately;
- is written solely in third-person;
- includes a References page;
- has been closely edited so that it contains few or no mechanical errors.
As you work on your summary, it is a good idea to keep the following questions in mind:
- How does this summary meet the assignment criteria?
- How close do you feel your summary came to capturing the information in the original article?
- Does this summary use effective transitions as it progresses from paragraph to paragraph?
- Does this summary avoid personal opinion, casual language, or first or second person language?
- Is there anything in this summary that could have been left out without losing its effect?
- Is there anything else that could have been added to this summary to make it feel more complete?