Let’s play the believing game. Summarize a belief you do not agree with. If you play correctly, a reader should not know if you agree or disagree.
The Art of Summarizing
Chapter 2 explains how to write an extended summary. Careful you do not write a list summary or “closest cliche”. The book treats summary and paraphrase similarly. Keep in mind that you will also be using quotes.
- Put yourself in their shoes
- Know where you are going
- Summarizing Satirically
- Use Signal Verbs
- The Believing Game
- Closest Cliche
- List Summaries
Better Than Human
Kevin Kelly, “Better Than Human” (299). Write a list summary of the article.
Take a look at the intro to The BFG and A Little Me. How does she introduce her literacy? What does she do and not do?
When I was just a little girl, going to school was my absolute favorite thing to do and I took it completely seriously, well as serious as a 5-year-old could. I specifically remember the day that I became hooked on reading. This day embarked my journey into becoming the bookworm I am today. Reading from that point on became part of me, and helped me develop and grow in so many ways and remains extremely important to me. I can sit for hours on end oblivious to what is going on around me so engrossed in the story line that I forget to even eat. Reading becomes my craving for one more word, one more sentence, one more paragraph, and then one more book.
Let’s look at the Goodman Narrative (7).
What do you notice?
Now, let’s look at the Pequeno narrative (21).
How does he get out attention? How can you do something similar?
Show, Don’t Tell
The writing you do at this level should do the work, instead of you having to tell us. No more lines like:
In this essay…
My literacy narrative is …
Focus on events in your story. What events help you to tell your story?
- First Event
- Next Event
- Next Event
- Final Event
Do tell us what you went through. Show us what happened. Place us there with you.