The Shape of Africa
1 Page Summary of “The Shape of Africa” by Jared Diamond
Use what we learned and practiced about how to write a good summary!
Use the 2 Handouts I gave you on Writing Summaries and the Summary PPT
Follow the techniques in the handouts. Be purposeful and intentional in your choices. Make sure your summary is comprehensive, concise, coherent, and independent!
Choose what to include and how to transform the key ideas thoughtfully. You should select the main ideas and most important support/details. Omit the rest.
Remember: Same Ideas But Written In Your Own Way – In Your Words, Order, and Style
If you want to include a part of the article and you can’t figure out how to paraphrase it, you can use some “quotations” from the text. If you do, you MUST put the exact words you take without changing in “quotation marks”.
Also, please REVISE and EDIT before you turn in your summary!
Be careful with your sentence construction. I expect to see correct simple, compound, and complex sentences now!
Check your grammar: You should be in the present tense. You need to check your writing for singular/plural noun agreement and subject/verb agreement. Check your articles (a, an, the).
Make sure you are making accurate word choices, especially with transitions and reporting verbs
First draft is a homework grade, and the final draft is the Unit 7 Writing Assignment.
RUBRIC FOR FINAL DRAFT:
Comprehensive (25%) – Includes all important ideas and is true to the original ideas
Concise (25%) – 1 page, no repetition, no unnecessary details, well-organized/ideas logically arranged
Coherent (25%) – Clear and purposeful writing with connection and flow between sentences, also language is clear – writing is edited – not too many language errors
Independent (25%) – Uses own voice/style/wording, ordering, & sentence structuring (Doesn’t just copy original) evidence of making own choices and formulating own phrases
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU TURN IN THE FIRST DRAFT:
Is title, author and main idea written in first few sentences in a clear way?
Is the main idea accurately stated/true to the original?
Are all main points included in a clear and concise way?
Are Diamond’s ideas presented in a new and logical order?
Are all main points transformed into a new style/voice/order/structure?
Are there repeated ideas?
Is anything NOT true to the original? Have I added my own opinions or analysis?
Are there unnecessary, smaller details that don’t fit/shouldn’t be included?
Is anything missing from the article that should be included?
Is the present tense used throughout the summary?
Are there enough/correct reporting verbs/phrases?
Are there transitions? Are the transitions correct/the right ones to connect ideas?
Are there agreement errors, verb tense/article errors, word choice errors, sentence errors?
Are there sentences that 1) Don’t make sense? 2) Are too vague? 3) Are off topic?