Purpose: Once we’ve chosen our academic articles that will support our claims for our final paper, we need to be able to accurately summarize these articles. Thus, this activity will allow you to think about what you need to include in your summary of the article and what is not necessary based on what your argument is.
The task itself:
Write out your topic of your final paper. This can be a modification of what you had written in paper activity 4.1,
Locate one of your academic articles for your final paper, copy and paste the abstract into this activity, and include the APA formatted citation for it. This can be the same article as in Paper Activity 4.1 or a new one.
Summarize your article in a paragraph, making sure to put it in your own words (not just copying the abstract). Make sure to include enough relevant detail that someone who has not read the article (ex. me) will know what the article was about. In addition, make sure that your writing is readable, and not too complex. Avoid any quotes in your summary.
Reflect on the summary you wrote. Include answers to the questions below.
Who did you have in mind as your audience (Ex. was it a peer, a parent, health professionals)? How would your summary change with a different audience?
What information did you choose to exclude and WHY?
What about your summary went well?
What could you improve upon?
Accuracy of the summary based on academic article
Relevance of evidence chosen
Clarity of the evidence
The summary accurately presents the main claims of the journal article, and demonstrates how evidence supports the claims.
The summary demonstrates understanding of the key claims of the article, but may have some parts that are inaccurate or subjective.
The summary may provide a list of points rather than any sense of a larger claim supported by reasons and evidence.
Choice of evidence
Choice of details maximizes understanding; unnecessary details omitted
Enough critical details presented for understanding, unnecessary details generally omitted
Some critical details missing, unnecessary details may be present
Overall purpose, methods, results and conclusions of study clearly stated; seemingly effortless and seamless logical flow
Purpose, methods, results and conclusions clearly stated; most of presentation flows logically
Major sections missing or lack of logical flow
The reflection moves beyond simple description of the experience to an analysis of how the experience contributed to student understanding of self, others, and/or course concepts.
The reflection demonstrates student attempts to analyse the experience but analysis lacks depth.
Reflection may focus only on the simple description of the experience, and lacks evaluation.