Write a “summary/strong response” essay that includes (a) a summary (approximately 150-250 words) of a reading and (b) a strong response to that reading in which you speak back to that reading from your own critical thinking, personal experience, and values. As you formulate your own response, consider both the author’s ideas and the author’s rhetorical choices concerning audience, purpose, genre, and style. Think of your response as your analysis of how the text tries to influence its readers rhetorically and how you wrestling with the text has expanded and deepened your thinking about its ideas or about one particular idea.
When you write a response essay that uses a single source, you must be careful to balance the writer’s ideas with your own. Imagine yourself in partnership with the author, using his/her ideas and arguments as a base from which to launch your own. Overall, though, it is your voice that should dominate your draft. Your thesis and the points that support it should be based on your own opinions and written in your own words.
This assignment is based on Leon Botstein’s “Let Teen-Agers Try Adulthood.”
A summary between 150 and 250 words (includes title and author of the article). Make sure you have a thesis statement to end the summary, one that addresses the way the source is developed, both the strengths and the weaknesses (not only one or the other). Do not address your opinions on the topic.
Analysis of the rhetorical decisions and choices the author makes, including how the author’s decisions about purpose and audience determine voice, content, structure and genre. These ideas should be presented in your thesis statement as well. (Multiple paragraphs).
Evaluation of how well the author achieves his or her purpose
Your explanation of how well you are convinced? Why and why not?
An ending that drops the reader off smoothly. Do not simply summarize.
All drafts and the final paper should be typed, double-spaced, and Times New Roman 12 font. The final draft should fall between 1250-1500 words.