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English 10 Honors: Step 3: Primary Source Summary

Assignment

Sophomore Research Project: Primary Source Summary
Research Check #3—25 points; due Wednesday, February 17

Assignment
Provide a brief and concise plot summary of your primary source, whether it is a novel, play, two short novellas, or a set of short stories or poems.

Guidelines

  • Your summary should be typed, double-spaced and in a serifed, 11- or 12-point font (Times or Times New Roman is preferred).
  • You DO NOT need an introduction or conclusion. A generic opening like “George Orwell’s 1984 begins with the protagonist, Winston Smith, arriving home” is perfectly acceptable. See the included examples for models from previous student essays.
  • You should arrange your summary chronologically. However, your summary should not be one continuous block of text; divide your summary into paragraphs at logical points in the narrative.
  • You DO NOT need direct quotations in your summary, nor do you need to provide parenthetical references.
  • Concision and brevity are valuable skills to cultivate; you MAY NOT exceed one page for this summary.[1] If you find that you are having trouble limiting yourself to one page, look over your summary carefully and determine where you can include less detail.
  • Submit your summary to Schoology by the beginning of class on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
 

[1] Exceptions will be made for those students writing about more than a single work. Please discuss your options with me if you believe this applies to you. If we do not communicate before the due date, I will assume you are submitting one page.

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