Project #15399 - Summary-Response Short Essay

Write a Summary-Response Essay that discusses ideas in two related chapters from David Sloan Wilson's Evolution for Everyone.  The details below will give you specific information, but basically this is an easy assignment: choose a few (not all!) ideas that seem connected to you in 2 of Wilson's chapters, summarize those ideas in your own words!!, then give your personal opinion/response to them.  As you are doing this, use correct bibliographical referencing using the MLA method and follow the steps outlined below to complete this assignment successfully:

The Summary

1. Develop an introduction for your summary. This introduction should mention (not necessarily in this order):

  • the subject of the two chapters you want to discuss and how they are connected;
  • the main ideas or contentions you will discuss;
  • the players in question, that is, the key experiments and thinkers that Wilson mentions;
  •  the possible connections between the ideas you've chosen in the two chapters.

2. Summarize your main points in two to three paragraphs. These points should explain 2nd and 3rd bullet points above. For example, if you wrote in your introduction, "This chapter examines how insect colonies exemplify evolutionary principles," you can now give one or two examples that illustrate this main idea. You're helping your audience understand the chapters, and real examples usually work best to achieve this aim. However, be careful not to copy too much of the wording of the text directly. Paraphrase as much as you can, and cut out most of the details. The point of the summary is for you to put these ideas into your own words and to reach a better understanding of Wilson's reasoning.

 

The Response

1. In two or three paragraphs, give us your response to Wilson's ideas. That is, explain what you learned from these two chapters, comment on whether you agree or disagree, explain why you agree with something or what you object to (disagree with). Discuss how valid you find Wilson's arguments in the two chapters, and pay particular attention to his evidence. If you agree with his claims, discuss why. If you object to one of his claims, present reasons for your objections. Use examples and/or direct quotes to support your ideas, and integrate these source-materials into your own writing. Above all, present and discuss your ideas, your response, your evaluation in this section of the essay.

2. In one final paragraph, provide a final evaluation of the readings. Tell us why you think we should spend time on these two particular chapters, or alternatively, tell us why you think we shouldn't bother. This will become your conclusion.

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/28/2013 11:30 pm
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