1. Thesis: Identify the article’s thesis or purpose. Either paraphrase or directly quote the article’s thesis or purpose. Always include the author’s name and the page numbers at end of thesis.
2. Summary: Briefly summarize the entire article in a short paragraph of 100-150 words. In this summary, cite specific examples the author uses to support his or her thesis. Write your summary in your own words. If you feel you must quote the author, only quote the author once or twice at the most, choosing what you consider particularly eloquent sentences and properly document the quote by including the author’s name and page numbers after each quote.
Critique: Critique the article citing:
3a. Strengths of the article and/or the author’s discussion of the topic. Give me examples
3b.Weaknesses of the article and/or the author’s discussion of the topic. Give me examples
3c. An audience analysis: identify to whom you think the article is directed and explain why you believe the author choose this audience. Always include chronological age group, education level, special interests. If you’re unsure, consider the audience of the periodical in which the article appears.
3d. How the ideas discussed in the article relate to today’s society.
4. Citation: Document the article by writing the full bibliographic citation in M.L.A. format. See “Library Information,” or your The Little Seagull Handbook for citation directions.