Recognizing an Argument: Citing, Outlining, and Summarizing a Public Writing Source

Part 1: Recognizing an Argument: Citing, Outlining, and Summarizing a Public Writing Source

Skills & Strategies

This Part 1 assignment will help you to

  • cite sources accurately
  • practice and improve critical reading skills
  • write article summaries
  • begin preliminary research process

 

Description

This Part 1 assignment asks you to cite, outline, and summarize a public writing source on the broad topic area: Health and Wellbeing. For the purpose of this assignment, public writing is identified as an argument that is written and published on a popular website or local newspaper. Public writing does not submit to an academic peer review process.

You will first locate a public writing article that addresses a complex issue that would fall under the broad topic area: Health and Wellbeing. The article you choose should be at least 500 words in length.

Begin by citing your source accurately. Read the article thoroughly before outlining the author’(s) main claim and the evidence that supports this argument. Pay attention to the way the article is organized so that your outline reflects the claim(s) and evidence in a logical way.

After you have outlined the article, you will summarize the article in five sentences. To complete this summary, use the rhetorical summary model as a guide.

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