Essay #1: Summary/Response Essay Attached Files: File Is Google Making Us Stupid by Nicholas Carr.pdf (160.273 KB) File Template–Summary Response Carr.docx (17.241 KB) File Grading Rubric–Summary-Response (1).pdf (230.472 KB) Summary-Response Essay Assignment Description For this assignment, you will write a three to four (3-4) page Summary and Response Essay over “Is Google Making Us Stupid,” by Nicholas Carr. Your essay will open with an introduction that states the main idea and your response to the essay. Then in three to four paragraphs, you will summarize the essay. Following that, you will respond to the argument with agree, disagree, or mixed feelings and why in one to two paragraphs. In the next section of your essay, you will respond to two or more of the following questions in two to three paragraphs for each question. Finally, you will conclude with your own alternative solution to the problem or a call to action that is different from the article’s. Writing a personal response essay helps you assess your own thinking in response to a reading. Writing your response helps you examine, revise, and possibly gain new insights into the text (Channell and Crusius 31). Use the following questions to help you form a response to your article. You do not have to answer every question in your response. Simply use them as a jumping off point for gathering your own thoughts and ideas. Be sure to connect your thoughts to specific passages in the text. Quote or paraphrase the text, and then respond to it. What is the central issue raised in the reading? What are the authors views on this issue? Did you have views on the issue before reading? If so, how would you compare your prior thinking with the authors? Do your previous observations and/or experiences confirm, illustrate, or contradict what the text says? Did the reading present any new ideas that had not occurred to you before? Did the reading raise some new questions you had never considered? Did it question some assumption or belief you had been holding? If you could ask the author one question, what would it be? Why would this question matter to the line of thought or argument in the text? What other writers views have you read on this topic? How do their views compare the views expressed in this reading? Even if you did not accept all of the views and ideas in the reading, what can you take away from it to add to your knowledge about the topic? Draw connections between the world of the text and your own world, things you have experienced, prior knowledge you bring to the text. Offer insights into the meaning of the text, as revealed by relationships between parts of the text, analysis of the language, style, arrangement, and voice of the author. Evaluate the thinking; tell why the writing is convincing to you or not. Reflect of the significance of the text, explaining the degree to which reading it contributed to your understanding of the topic. Use the template provided for you above in order to format your essay correctly in MLA. The template has further instructions. Be sure to follow the outline below. This outline is built into the template attached above. Introduction 1-3 sentence summary of the article Transition Thesis (see template for help with your thesis) 3-4 paragraphs of SUMMARY with a citation at the end 3 paragraphs of RESPONSE 1 paragraph = agree or disagree or mixed feelings 2 paragraphs that answer two questions from the list above You must include a quote in every paragraph of response Conclusion Be sure to refer back to the article before ending your conclusion Works Cited Remember to use the templates below as topic sentences for your response paragraphs. While I agree with Carr, I do think he fails to consider _________. Although Carr provides a lot of evidence, I disagree with his statement that _________. Before reading this essay, I had assumed ________, but now I think _________. By focusing on __________, Carr overlooks the deeper problem of __________. I think Carr is mistaken because he overlooks __________. While I agree with Carr, I think the claim of _________ is more/less serious than he acknowledges. Carrs claims about _______ might also be applied to ________. Although I agree with Carrs point that ________, I cannot accept his overall conclusion that __________. Although I disagree with much that Carr says, I fully endorse his final conclusion that __________. Though I concede that __________, I still insist that __________. Whereas Carr provides ample evidence that __________, my own experience convinces me that __________ instead. While it is true that __________, it does not necessarily mean that __________. If Carr is right that __________, as I think he is, then we need to reassess the popular assumption that __________. Carrs theory of __________ is extremely useful because it sheds insight on the difficult problem of __________. Minimum Requirements Length: 3-4 pages, not including the Works Cited page. Style: Essay needs to conform to MLA standards, including double spacing in Times New Roman font, and must include a Works Cited page with correct in-text (parenthetical) citations for all quotes, paraphrases, and/or summaries. Sources: One source minimum (the article you are responding to) IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS, YOU CANNOT EARN HIGHER THAN A 60%. Due Dates/Points Possible See the course due dates calendar for the due date. Purpose and Learning Objectives The purpose of this assignment is to practice summary, paraphrase, quoting, and response writing. Since the Works Cited page is provided for you, all you need to complete are in-text citations. However, you must learn how to format correctly in MLA style with correct in-text citations. Response writing is a foundational skill that you will need to learn and practice in order to move into analytical writing in our next section. Writing and eloquent written expression are vital for a successful future. You will express all of these skills in this assignment. Process of Completion Take notes and annotate the essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid” by Nichloas Carr. In your notes, respond immediately after reading the essay. What stands out the most for you? How does it make you feel? Refer to the questions above to help guide your response. Review/reread the section over responding in Unit 3. Download the template from the Assignment tab on eCampus. Type DIRECTLY onto the Word Doc. Keep the bolded words and replace the unbolded words with your essay. Be sure to use quotation marks for direct quotes, and follow every quote or paraphrase with an in-text citation. Before you begin typing your essay, formulate a general outline with the quotes you want to use and the questions you intend to answer. That way, you know you will complete all the necessary parts of this assignment. See the handout on the English Corner Creating an Outline for more help. Review the lessons on The Art of Quoting and Paraphrasing on eCampus for more help with integrating your sources. Write your rough draft using the template provided on eCampus. Write using the Tell, Show, Share method of paragraph development. Dont worry about grammar now; just put your thoughts down on paper. See the PPT on eCampus entitled Tell, Show, Share for more help. Put your essay away for twenty-four hours before revising it for grammar and punctuation mistakes. Visit the English Corner for more help with revision or expanding your ideas. Turn in your draft. Review carefully my comments. Edit and revise your essays based on the feedback you receive. Review your Safe Assign report for plagiarism BEFORE turning in your final draft! Reread your essay one last time and make any final edits or changes before turning in your final! Plagiarism Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarism includes failing to cite a direct quote with quotation marks and an in-text citation, borrowing someone else’s work without a correct citation, bad paraphrasing (Safe Assign will not identify a good or fair paraphrase), purchasing a paper, having someone else write your essay, or turning in the same paper to two different classes. Any paper with plagiarism, even accidental (I forgot to cite that!), will receive a zero as a final grade. The best way to avoid plagiarism is to cite correctly. See both MLA citation PPTs on eCampus or visit Purdue OWL for more help Submission Protocol Your assignment must be submitted as a Word document or pdf. Peer Review #1 Summary Response Click on the link above to be directed to your Group Page.
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