Assignment: You will explore the critical essay “Brett Couldn’t Hold HimLady Ashley, Pedro Romero, and The Madrid Sequence by Donald Daiker” by writing your own short summary and response to the article. You can find the essay as pdf below:

Course Outcomes: This assignment is the bases for the critical thinking skills we will use for considering the readings in the remainder of the course.

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Summary/ Response Refresher:

The Summary:

A summary is a concise paraphrase of all the main ideas in an essay. It cites the author and the title (usually in the first sentence); it contains the essay’s thesis and supporting ideas; it may use direct quotation of forceful or concise statements of the author’s ideas; it will NOT usually cite the author’s examples or supporting details unless they are central to the main idea. Most summaries present the major points in the order that the author made them and continually refer back to the article being summarized (i.e. “Damon argues that…” or “Goodman also points out that … “). The summary should take up no more than one-third the length of the work being summarized.

The Response:

A response is a critique or evaluation of the author’s essay. Unlike the summary, it is composed of YOUR opinions in relation to the article being summarized. It examines ideas that you agree or disagree with and identifies the essay’s strengths and weaknesses in reasoning and logic, in quality of supporting examples, and in organization and style. A good response is persuasive; therefore, it should cite facts, examples, and personal experience that either refutes or supports the article you’re responding to, depending on your stance.

Rhetorical Strategies:


Typical Organizational Format for Summary/Response Essays:

Present the summary in a block of paragraphs, followed by the response in a block:

Summary (two to three paragraphs)

Agreement (or disagreement)

Disagreement (or agreement)


Format and Convention

1) Put quotation marks around poems, and short story titles and use italics for novels, plays, and films.

2) Use MLA style for in-text citations. Example: (Carver 51)

3) Write about literature in the present tense.

4) Your essay should be analytical, and your audience will be your classmates.

5) Your paper should be typed, double–spaced, 12 point black font, MLA formatting.

6) In the upper left-hand corner of your first page, include.

Your name


English 203

The date

Word count

7) Below this block of information, center your title; begin your text below the title.

8) Use an interesting, informative title, which includes your subject’s name — do not title your paper “Paper #2” nor Frankenstein

9) Number your pages. Include a header with your last name in the top right-hand corner.

10) Include a Works Cited page with end-of-text citations in MLA style.

11) When referring to the author use his or her last name i.e… Hemingway, not Ernest. (You should use the full name when first introducing the subject).

12) In your opening paragraph you should state if you agree or disagree with the critical article

Grading Considerations

Papers without a works cited page will automatically receive -50

Papers without intext citations will automatically receive -25

Work turned in without the proper MLA format, heading, page number; name date, font, etc. may receive up to a ten-point deduction.

Papers not meeting the word requirement will lose 1/2 point for every word missing.

No outside sources should be used other than the primary text and your chosen article. Use of outside sources will result in a substantial deduction.

You must use both quotes and paraphrasing to support your argument both from the primary text and your article. Failure to support your opinion with quoted material will result in a substantial deduction.

Do not recycle primary texts quotes from the critical article. You must find your own quotes from the primary text to support your argument.

All files must be doc or docx!

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