required video link: https://youtu.be/PMotykw0SIk
1. Read and annotate the ‘Information Literacy’ chapter by Polizzi (pp. 1-17)
Apply the annotation steps to take relevant notes. Pick a quite spot to do this reading. Be patient with yourself. Go slowly. Look up all unfamiliar words and supply definitions. Take the text one paragraph at a time to stay engaged and prevent your attention from wandering. By the end, develop a clear understanding of what you’ve read and only then, proceed to summary.
2. Draft a Summary Paragraph (Approx. length: 175-225 words)
You may want to review the summary video (linked above). Your task in this first paragraph is to formulate notes as you work. Formulate a sufficiently specific summary that addresses the following:
What is the main idea (or ideas) in this chapter? I.e., what is it about? What important insight(s) does the author want the reader to understand from having read it? Jot it (them) down.
What are the two or three most compelling pieces of evidence (facts, details, examples) that support the main ideas(s)? Write them down.
What is quote-worthy in this chapter? Locate a sentence or phrase of the author’s that is especially memorable and useful for understanding the passage. Write it down. (While the summary video states to never include a quote, you may include one).
Now you’ve assembled the components you’ll need and are ready to write. Imagine your task is to summarize the chapter for someone who has not read it. Be specific and direct. Include critical details. Avoid being overly general, vague or broad. Your summary must:
Clearly and concisely identify the main idea(s)
Include efficient description of a key detail or two that support the main idea (or ideas).
Incorporate the quote you chose to use as a way to illustrate and support the main idea.
Be reviewed, revised, edited, and proofread. How might it be even clearer? More complete? More efficiently written? Note your target length.
Title this paragraph: Summary
3. Draft an Analysis Paragraph (Approx. length: 225-275 words)
While your summary is a brief recounting of the most important contents, (described clearly and concisely), your analysis is a more in-depth examination of the material that moves beyond identifying and describing. Build your analysis by engaging with the checklist of items in your handout, Critically Evaluating a Text – An Analysis Checklist,
designed to help you formulate an analytical response. Not all the prompts in that list will be equally relevant, and/ or you may have more to say in response to some than others, and that’s fine.
In your analysis paragraph, you are:
Exploring how Polizzi arrives at his conclusions
Examining the way those ideas are developed via examples and reasoning
Evaluating how each important piece might connect to each other and to the whole
Considering the implications of the ideas and evidence
Determining and discussing the overall significance of the argument
Title this second paragraph: Analysis
4. Draft a Synthesis Paragraph (Approx. length: 200-250 words)
Next, skip a few lines and draft your synthesis paragraph. To synthesize in this context requires you to examine multiple sources in relationship to each other, in order to draw some conclusions about them, and consider how they are connected. Your sources will be:
Polizzi’s “Information Literacy in the Digital Age,” and
The first 27 minutes of video of “Former Facebook Exec Says Social Media Is Ripping Apart Society,” an interview with tech executive, Chamath Palihapitiya, (as well as the brief, summarizing article that accompanies the video).
In your synthesis you are:
Exploring to what extent these sources reinforce or support each other
Examining specific ways they overlap, echo, exemplify, amplify, or contradict each other
Assessing what conclusions or insights you can draw from considering both sources in combination; taken together, what story do these two sources tell?
As you review both sources, you have the option of downloading and taking notes with the Synthesis Matrix
handout – it’s not required, just a way that might help you organize and develop your synthesis paragraph
Title this final paragraph: Synthesis
Revise | Edit | Format | Cite | Proofread:
Using the format, citation and layout links above, spend some time making sure your work conforms to all the guidelines — double spaced, one-inch margins, etc. No Works Cited page is necessary for this assignment.
Look over your three-paragraph document.
Revise for clarity, relevance, and meaning.
Edit it to read smoothly for your audience.
Proofread for errors in syntax, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics.
Spend some time making sure your work conforms to all guidelines – spacing, citation, etc.
Again: While quotes must be cited properly in MLA, you will not need a Works Cited for this assignment
TIP: Read your work out loud – you catch many more errors that way.
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