Critical Reading Summary

1 Page for each reading. Total of 2-2.5 pages

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Centered and 1x spaced:
Title
Author

1st Paragraph: Author’s thesis (argument) as you understand it. ALL quotes from the material MUST be
appropriately cited (use MLA please. See the Perdue Owl website if you’re unsure about this). I do not
want a string of quotes here. I want you to summarize the work in your own words.

2nd Paragraph: The conversation or debate the author is entering. The specific intervention the author is
making.

3rd Paragraph: The ways in which this reading connects to other readings in the course thus far. The
specific ways in which this reading connects with larger question the course is asking.

4th Paragraph: Critical Response: What does the author’s argument make you think about? This could
connect to something personal in your own life, it might connect to larger questions you are thinking
about yourself. What does the piece make you think about, wonder about? How do you position this work
vis-à-vis your own experience? Tread carefully here. I am not looking for a superficial slap-dash
treatment of the author’s ideas, but rather a thoughtful account of what it prompts you to think or ask
about. For example, maybe it prompted a conversation with friends/family/co-workers etc. One way to
think about this paragraph is to imagine yourself in an actual conversation with the author of the piece.
What might you say to her/him to indicate respectful engagement with her/his ideas?