I have to write a summary about joels steins article the ME me me generation.
Write a summary of Joel Stein’s"Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation," an article published in the Time magazine in 2013.
The purpose of this assignment is for you to learn how to distill and effectively communicate another scholar’s ideas. In other words, to restate someone else’s words/ideas in your own words accurately.
Write a thematic summary of Stein’s article. Present the author’s argument and main points in a logical order and not a chronological one. This means that you will organize ideas in a different order than they appear in print.
To write a thematic summary:
Read the text carefully
Annotate the text. Highlight, circle the key concepts, and write your comments in the margins.
Identify the topic and the main idea/thesis/argument of the text
Identify the topic and the point made in each paragraph
Make a list of the key points
Combine the sections that explore the same idea
Show the logical relationship among the ideas
Write down only the most important points/examples; do not include minor details.
Present the material in a neutral fashion. Do not analyze or interpret the source/article.
Remind your audience that you are restating another person’s ideas by using “summarizing language” such as the article claims, the author suggests, etc. For relevant templates, refer to They Say I Say pp. 40-41.
Write the summary in your own words
If you need to quote words or phrases from the original, be sure that they are important and cannot be paraphrased. In this case use quotation marks “…”.
A. Start in an interesting way to draw your reader’s interest in the topic. Set the article within the broader context it belongs to. What is the bigger discussion that the author joins with this article?
B. Present the basic information about the article (writers’ name, title of article, publication information).
In “title of the article,” published in title of the online magazine in italics on (date of article), X (name of the writer) discusses…. (Here just explain the way this article joins the broader conversation.)
C. Present the writer’s main idea/thesis/argument. Here just state the writer’s thesis without analyzing it. The analysis will follow in the body of the summary. Also remember that your goal is to accurately present the ideas of the author, not to evaluate them.
In this article, X maintains/argues/asserts/claims that ….
II. Body#1: summary of first idea that supports the writers’ argument
Begin the paragraph with the main idea summarized in the paragraph. Make sure you maintain unity in the paragraph by summarizing only one idea (Blackboard>menu>Course Recourses>Unity and Coherence). Also remember to maintain coherence by using linking words to move from one point to the next and from one paragraph to the next (They Say, I Say Ch. 8 “Connecting the Parts” & Blackboard>menu>Course Recourses>Unity and Coherence).
Firstly, X supports the argument that ... by …. To illustrate, the writer argues …
III. Body#2: summary of the second point that supports the writer’s argument