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  1. Writing an Article Summary Article Summaries are due on Fridays.

  2. Where can you find science articles? • Magazines • Newspapers • Internet The topic must be science, and related to this class.

  3. A Science Article Summary • Is thoughtful • Summarizes the article’s content • Discusses the article’s effectiveness • Your points are supported by quotes. • 1.5 typed pages, double spaced.

  4. Format • Bibliographical Information • Tell the purpose of the article • Summarize the content • Identify the writer’s strategy • Evaluate the effectiveness of the article (accuracy, clarity, organization) • Use a quote from the article to support your point(s). • What was your reaction to this article?

  5. Bibliographical information • Author (s) • Article title • Magazine/newspaper/web title • Date

  6. Purpose of the Article • Why was this article written? • A report on science research • A news story - informational • An explanation of an idea or concept • A warning • Persuasive or presents an argument • Instructional - How to do something • Entertainment • Combined purpose

  7. Summarize the content • Is there a hypothesis, procedure and conclusions? Identify each one • Does the writer have a point to make? What is it? • It it a news story? What’s up?

  8. Definition Illustrations Examples Classification Comparison and Contrast Analysis Describes of a Process Narration Cause/Effect Analysis Identify the writer’s strategy How did the writer achieving their purpose?

  9. Evaluate effectiveness • How does the writer do on… • Accuracy? • Clarity? • Organization? • Strengths or weaknesses? • Is the article… • Factual? • Logical? • Objective? • Confrontational? • Exaggeration?

  10. What is your reaction? Did you learn something? Did you find it interesting? Do you believe it? Were you surprised? Did you discuss it with friends? Why?

  11. Guidelines • Articles are due on Fridays • Due during the class period • 1.5 pages, double spaced • Correct grammar and spelling • Variety of vocabulary