Short Writing Assignment Three

The Art of Summary


  • Summary may be one of the first steps in most academic discussions. Obviously, you cannot produce a good argument if you cannot summarize the main ideas embodied within the argument- although many people have tried. A summary and, subsequently, a summary essay show understanding.
  • The purpose of the summary essay is to convey to others an understanding of a text you have read. Thus, the summary essay functions as a substitute for the source you are summarizing. You must accurately represent your source from the beginning of your argument or the entire argument is built on a shaky foundation and you may inadvertently mislead your audience.
  • A summary has no room for personal response or opinion. Leave your opinions out of it. This is about the source, not you. You should not add your own experiences or biases. SWA 3 will be a summary of your source essay for MWA 2.
  • Use MLA format, 1.5-2 pages
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