Assignment: A summary-response to Caroline Bird’s essay “College Is a Waste of Time and Money.” Please note that this essay was written over forty years ago, so many of the things that Bird discusses may not be relevant or true today. These are all things that you can respond to in your essay.
A summary-response essay gives writers the opportunity to express their understanding of another author’s ideas and evaluate them in an objective and logical way. Summary-response essays are similar to other academic essays: there is a thesis that the writer supports and develops. The difference is that in this type of essay, writers reflect on an author’s ideas.
A summary-response essay has the following organization:
Important Points to Remember:
The introductory paragraph presents your readers with important background information about the article. Your readers probably have not read the article, so you need to give credit to the author and provide enough context to help readers understand the topic and the author’s point of view. Be sure to include the following information:
Your summary paragraph will be structured like any other paragraph in an academic essay: with a topic sentence and supporting information. It will include the following information:
Your summary paragraph should not include:
Chapter 2 in They Say, I Say will be helpful with this section of the essay.
In these paragraphs you will give your objective responses to, and critique of, the source in terms of the quality of the writing and the ideas.
Each paragraph will respond to a different point in the article. The topic sentence states the point to be discussed. It can be supported in any of the following ways:
Chapters 3, 4, 5, and 6 in They Say, I Say will provide you with helpful templates to use in this section of your essay.
The concluding paragraph restates the author’s main idea and your thesis. It ends with a few final comments that give your readers something to think about after they read, such as a prediction or a call to action. The following is an example of a concluding paragraph for a summary-response essay:
In conclusion, Rosenbaum makes some interesting points about what curation is and why we need it. However, there are some weaknesses in his argument because some of his examples of “true” curation are less convincing, and he also does not consider the reader’s responsibility. As the amount of information we come across will only increase in the future, I believe the process of content curation will become even more necessary. It would be helpful to know how to do this for ourselves so that we, as readers, can know when content curation is done right, or chose to do it for ourselves.