Spring 2010 Eng 465 Article Summaries

Article Summaries and Responses


Throughout the semester, we will be reading several theoretical texts about media, technology, and/or literature. Many of these texts will feel difficult to read in places, and I know (from personal experience) that one can be tempted to gloss over these passages and think, “Well, I’ll wait for class to get this explained.” But that’s not the best way to go about learning. Thus, this assignment asks you to write summaries of and responses to the theoretical texts we read throughout the semester and to turn them in before we discuss the texts in class.



Again, summaries are due on the day when we are discussing the particular text in class. Summaries should be 1.5 to 2 pages long. I may ask students to discuss their summaries as a start to the discussion, so be prepared.


You will write summaries on articles from the following authors:


Summaries are graded on a 10-point scale. As I mentioned, many of the articles that you will read are difficult and complex. If you make an honest effort to complete the assignment, you will receive full credit. This assignment should be an easy way for you to gain points.


You may skip one summary during the course of the semester (writing a total of nine). Alternatively, you may complete them all and earn a potential 10 points of extra credit.