Article Summary Assignment: (2-3 pages, double-spaced, 12 font, MLA style  need to
include a works cited page
. The one mistake
students make with this assignment is that they summarize the story or poem or play. That is NOT
what you are supposed to do; you need to read the article ABOUT the story or poem or play and
summarize the article.
The assignment itself has TWO parts (but submit as all one document):
1. First, you need to write a summary of the article you have read. Be sure to use quotation
marks whenever you use the authors words directly. You will need a works cited page as
well, but as the entire first part is a summary, you do not need to document every paragraph.
Keep in mind, when summarizing, that you should keep quoting to a minimum. Use
quotations only when absolutely necessary.
2. The second part is your evaluative response. Share what you think about the article. Is it
convincing? What does it make you think about? Is it useful? Would you recommend
others read this? This section (which will probably be shorter than the summary) should
simply share your thoughts about the article you read.


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