Essay 2: A Summary of "The Monument and the Bungalow"
Write a 2 - 3 page summary (800-1000 words) of Peirce Lewis' essay following the guidelines outlined in my lecture. You are writing for a reader who has not read Lewis' essay, but who wants to understand what Lewis has to say about reading the landscape. Therefore, you will need to tell your reader what Lewis' purpose is in writing his essay, and cover all of his key ideas with enough detail to make these ideas clear to your reader.
I would advise you to make an outline before you begin writing so that the essay has a good structural plan. Many writers say that one-third of their writing time is spent in pre-writing activities!
Be sure to follow MLA formatting on your essay. Please read the section on MLA format at the Purdue Online Writing Lab for guidelines. Include a Works Cited page and use proper formatting for in-text citations.
Don't forget to provide a clear title for your essay!
Note: A summary is not really an essay because in a pure summary the writer is not expressing a new idea of his or her own. However, for the purposes of this course, we will include your summary as an essay category assignment because your summary writing work requires you to work on many of the skills that all essays require: creating unity and coherence, sentence level clarity, etc.
I will be focusing on the following criteria in evaluating your summaries:
- Is the title of the work being summarized and the author's name stated at the beginning of the summary? Is this reference grammatically correct?
- Is there a strong thesis / overall statement about Lewis' purpose in "The Monument and the Bungalow"?
- Is the summary concise? (see the summary writing lesson for more on writing concise, complete, and objective summaries)
- Is the summary complete?
- Is the summary objective?
- Are there clear transitions between discussions of parts of Lewis' essay. Remember to guide your reader from section to section with reminders that you are summarizing rather than expressing your own ideas. Phrases like the following can be very helpful in creating coherence: "Lewis goes on to explain . . . " or "Having provided readers with a definition of . . . Lewis goes on to . . . " or "Next, Lewis . . . "
- Does the writer show how each part of Lewis' essay is important in Lewis' argument as a whole?
- Is the essay proofread for clear grammar and correct spelling and punctuation?