If Martin Luther King were alive today, would be be pleased or disappointed with the current state of race relations in America? Or both? Would he feel that progress has been made, or would he see the need for drastic action
We will be summarizing and then responding to a prompt regarding Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” First, write a two-page summary of King’s essay (there are some suggestions about summarizing at the bottom of this page. You will probably want to use 3-5 paragraphs for this two-page summary.
The next two pages are a thesis-and-support essay on the following prompt:
If Martin Luther King were alive today, would be be pleased or disappointed with the current state of race relations in America? Or both? Would he feel that progress has been made, or would he see the need for drastic action?
This is the topic you will address in your essay. Begin by stating a thesis (which is simply your opinion) in response to the prompt. (A thesis can be stated in more than one sentence. Feel free to use multiple sentences to express your response to my prompt.). Then support that thesis with three to five paragraphs that clearly support, prove, illustrate your thesis. A one-paragraph conclusion would be appropriate. Remember, the thesis restates or reiterates the thesis. The last page should be a Work Cited page citing our textbook (see my earlier email on that). You are expressing an opinion and supporting it, and remember, you don’t need to write “In my opinion” to state an opinion.
Bring a rough draft to class this coming week. If you type, make sure you double space. We’ll talk about revision and proofreading/editing. Do some writing this weekend.
WRITING A SUMMARY (you might want to reread the chapter on summary in the Graff book):
- Reread the article carefully and find the important ideas. Outlining the essay can be useful.
- Mention the author and title of the essay in your first sentence.
- You should express the main idea of the essay in the rest of that opening sentence.
- Include the most important points and supporting details in your summary.
- You will be using lots of paraphrase and some quotation as well. Your summary should be about 15% quotation. Show your ability to integrate quotations into your text. Don’t have “floating” quotations not attached to your text. (For example, opening with “According to King,” is one way to introduce a quotation and connect it to your text). Remember, you can quote single words, phrases, complete sentences and multiple sentences. Choose good quotations; don’t quote randomly.
- Present the ideas in the same order as in the original. Don’t rearrange King’s essay (except for opening your summary with his main idea).
- Use present tense where appropriate.
- Use transitional words and phrases to connect ideas and to separate them: Also, in addition, however, etc.
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