Take 3 minutes and find a quote or important point from the article we read for today. Anything that stood out to you that you can add to our conversation?
MICHAELA CULLINGTON “Does Texting Affect Writing?” p. 361
The Art of Summarizing
Chapter 2 explains how to write an extended summary. We will be working with this today moving into beginning our essays. 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.
What argument is Cullington responding to? What other arguments are they responding to? Are they disagreeing or agreeing with the issue?
What’s Motivating This Writer?
Chapter 14 suggests that when you are reading for understanding, you should read for the conversation. If we understand that good academic writing is responding to something or someone, we can read texts as a response to something.
Deciphering the conversation. When you read a text, imagine that the author is responding to other authors. Figure out what views the author is responding to and what the author’s own argument is.
When the “They Say” is unstated. Some writers assume that their readers are familiar with the views they are including. When the conversation is not clearly stated, it is up to you to figure out what is motivating the text.
A gap in the research. A challenge to they say is when the writer is writing about something that is not being discussed.
Reading particularly challenging texts. Sometimes it is difficult to understand the conversation writers are responding to because the language and ideas are challenging or new to you. The conversation can be quite large and complex and understanding it can be a challenge. When this happens, we can write a summary of the ideas. Summarize the conversation as you see it or the concepts as you understand them. Writing things out is one way we can begin to understand complex ideas.
A great way to explore an issue is to assume the voice of different stakeholders within an issue. Who are the stakeholders in the Cullington article?
Assume a voice of one of the stakeholders and write for a few minutes from this perspective. We will discuss this briefly.
Now we will assume a different voice on the issue. Write briefly from this perspective. Discuss.
What does assuming different voices help us with in regards to an issue? What are current issues where this approach would help us?