After reading this article, you are going to write a citation and annotation for the article. You will first summarize the article in 100 words, and then you will evaluate the article in 100 words. I am going to provide you with some questions to think about while writing these annotations. However, you should not answer these questions individually or one by one. This should be written in paragraph form, and the questions can be answered in any order. The point is to make sure you cover everything, not to just answer questions one by one. This annotation should be in your own words, and it should not quote or paraphrase anything from the article. See the example below for guidance on this. Most of this assignment will be completed in class, but you will have until Monday, October 26 to finish. Your annotation will be submitted online through here. This assignment will count as both your participation for this class session and Journal 7.
Questions to consider while summarizing…
◦What happened in the article?
◦What is the main point?
◦What evidence did the author use to make the point?
◦What was the author’s intention with this article?
◦What is the author’s target audience for this article?
Questions to consider while evaluating…
◦How well did the author express his/her point?
◦How did the author present his/her evidence?
◦Why is the author presenting this point?
◦Does the author have any bias?
◦Is there something the author is missing in this article?
◦Is there something the author might be mistaken about in this article? Or are they correct?
◦How can this article help a writer support their position?
Here is an example annotation for you. Please take note of how the author summarizes and then evaluates the source:
Lamott, A. (1995) Bird by bird: Some instructions on writing and life. Anchor Books.
Lamott’s book offers honest advice on the nature of a writing life, complete with its insecurities and failures. Taking a humorous approach to the realities of being a writer, the chapters in Lamott’s book are wry and anecdotal and offer advice on everything from plot development to jealousy, from perfectionism to struggling with one’s own internal critic. In the process, Lamott includes writing exercises designed to be both productive and fun.
Lamott offers sane advice for those struggling with the anxieties of writing, but her main project seems to be offering the reader a reality check regarding writing, publishing, and struggling with one’s own imperfect humanity in the process. Rather than a practical handbook to producing and/or publishing, this text is indispensable because of its honest perspective, its down-to-earth humor, and its encouraging approach.