1. Does the summary completely and accuratelydescribe the chapter’s central argument according to the structure of the claims not just the order they appear in the text?2. Does the summary remain relatively independent and objective by paraphrasing the author’s words, using a minimum of quotations, and avoiding judgment or personal association?3. Is the summary written for an audience who is unfamiliar with the author’s essay? Does it explain any specialized terms or ideas that the audience would need to know in order to understand the argument?4. Does the summary exhibit brevity and coherence through a logical flow of ideas and the use of transitions, attributive tags, and strong verbs?
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W170 Performing the News
Spring 2019
Short Essay 1: Summary – Assignment Sheet
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400-word summary, plus an MLA-formatted works cited page
Postman, “The Peek-a-Boo World”
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11:59 p.m. on Thur. 1/31
Assignment:
In two to three paragraphs, summarize in your own words the contents of Neil
Postman’s chapter “The Peek-a-Boo World” from Amusing Ourselves to Death, focusing
on Postman’s main claim and the structure of his arguments supporting it. The
summary must be accurate and complete, communicating your understanding of the
chapter as a whole and its purpose. Make sure that your summary doesn’t just repeat
what Postman says in the order he says it, but identifies his most important claims
and outlines their relationship regardless of where they appear in the text. It should
be written for an audience who is not already familiar with Postman’s chapter. The
language of your summary should be independent of the original and contain relatively
few quotations.
Criteria for Evaluation:
1. Does the summary completely and accurately describe the chapter’s central argument
according to the structure of the claims not just the order they appear in the text?
2. Does the summary remain relatively independent and objective by paraphrasing the
author’s words, using a minimum of quotations, and avoiding judgment or personal
association?
3. Is the summary written for an audience who is unfamiliar with the author’s essay?
Does it explain any specialized terms or ideas that the audience would need to know in
order to understand the argument?
4. Does the summary exhibit brevity and coherence through a logical flow of ideas and
the use of transitions, attributive tags, and strong verbs?

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