PART 1: A SUMMARY OF THE WORK
To develop the first part of a report, do the following:
* Identify the author and title of the work and include in parentheses the publisher and publication date.
* Write an informative summary of the material. Summarize the material so that the reader gets a general sense of all key aspects of the original work.
* Condense the content of the work by highlighting its main points and key supporting points.
* Use direct quotations from the work to illustrate important ideas.
* Do not discuss in great detail any single aspect of the work, and do not neglect to mention other equally important points.
* Also, keep the summary objective and factual. Do not include in the first part of the paper your personal reaction to the work; your subjective impression will form the basis of the second part of your paper.
PART 2: YOUR REACTION TO THE WORK
To develop the second part of a report, do the following:
* Focus on any or all of the following questions.
* How is the assigned work related to ideas and concerns discussed in the course for which you are preparing the paper? For example, what points made in the course textbook, class discussions, or lectures are treated more fully in the work?
* How is the work related to problems in our present-day world?
* How is the material related to your life, experiences, feelings and ideas? For instance, what emotions did the work arouse in you?
* Did the work increase your understanding of a particular issue? Did it change your perspective in any way?
POINTS OF CONSIDERATION WHEN WRITING THE REPORT
Here are some important elements to consider as you prepare a report:
* Support any general points you make or attitudes you express with specific reasons and details. Statements such as “I agree with many ideas in this article” or “I found the book very interesting” are meaningless without specific evidence that shows why you feel as you do. Look at the sample report closely to see how the main point or topic sentence of each paragraph is developed by specific supporting evidence.
* Organize your material. Follow the basic plan of organization explained above: a summary of one or more paragraphs, a reaction of two or more paragraphs, and a conclusion.
* Edit the paper carefully for errors in grammar, mechanics, punctuation, word use, and spelling.
* Cite paraphrased or quoted material from the book or article you are writing about, or from any other works.
* You may use quotations in the summary and reaction parts of the paper, but do not rely on them too much. Use them only to emphasize key ideas.
PLEASE make sure too do part two, it is basically how does the article tie in with current day events or if you learned anything new