Posted: January 19th, 2023
Select one reading from those listed below to summarize. To structure your SA, answer the following questions, then combine all your answers in that order and it should result in a cohesive summary.
1. What is the issue this scholarship (article/chapter) is addressing? (Broadly, what is the topic that the author is focusing on?)
2. Who is the audience/What is the context? (What conversation is this piece a part of and who else is having that conversation? Hint: the authors usually discuss this in the first few paragraphs and then return at the end of the piece)
3. What is the central claim? (Literally, what is the main point? It might be a research question that they then resolve or it could be the proposal of a new theory/framework. What’s the new contribution to the conversation?)
4. What is the evidence? (What type of evidence is used to back up the central claim explained above? Include up to one example in detail that you find particularly effective, summarize the rest)
5. What is the significance? (In other words, SO WHAT?! Why do we care to know this information? Who does it affect? Hint: The significance is typically discussed at the end)
6. What is the personal significance? (What connection do you see between this work and Narrative that you recently submitted? How are concepts from this scholarship helpful for explaining questions that you have or patterns that you noticed in the Narrative you have written?) — copying and pasting some sentences from you Narrative is permitted. (the narrative about Kamala Harris)
Some final hints (via Dr. Zulueta) for finding the answers to the questions: “Look closely at the title of the piece. Sometimes the answers are right there, albeit in abbreviated form. Concentrate your attention at the beginnings and the ends of each reading first. I call these the “basic parts of scholarly speech” because they’re just about mandatory; because they’re so important, scholars usually include in the first few paragraphs and / or the last few paragraphs and usually do so, moreover, with signposts, like: “In this chapter I argue [usually followed by the central claim of the piece],” or “This article explores [discussion of issue / question],” and “My findings are based on [some discussion of the most important evidence],” etc. A final piece of advice: Try not to quote too much. You will probably find the writing of the SA more useful if you reserve direct quotation for particularly effective language and try, the rest of the time, to render the author’s ideas in your own words.”
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