Summary / Analysis Exercise Summary Analysis / Interpretation / Synthesis An objective

Summary / Analysis Exercise
Summary
Analysis / Interpretation / Synthesis
An objective summary
is one-third the length of the original essay
foregrounds the main idea(s) (the thesis statement)
includes key words and phrases
mentions the supporting points the writer uses
is in your own words, thereby avoiding plagiarism
follows the author’s pattern of organization
uses the information in the original essay
avoids coloring the information with personal opinion
lists the source or the original essay—the title and the author’s name
Note: an objective summary conveys information, not opinion
Guidelines for analysis, interpretation, and synthesis
What is the purpose of the reading?
What issues/themes are being raised in the reading?
What questions do you have about the issues/themes being highlighted?
What questions could you ignore?
How do you interpret the meaning and significance of the issues / themes being raised in the text? What do you infer about the actions of the character (s)?
What do you conclude about the text?
What does the conclusion at to or say about the text?
How does this text relate to other texts?
Note: you may explore any one of the questions above, so that you may flush out your analysis for depth and insight. A one sentence response does not allow deep analysis.