ASSESSMENT ONE: READING SUMMARY
Value: 30% of total mark
Word count: 1,800 words
Due on: Sunday August 23. This is BEFORE the intensive begins Submission mode: Blackboard
Task: Write a summary of 12-24 of your set readings for this course, summarising the key points; identifying the primary argument; and giving a reflection on the piece.
Please use the template provided on Blackboard to write up your assessment and note the guidelines below regarding which readings to summarise.
An example of an excellent summary is provided on Blackboard.
Purpose: This task is designed to
â€¢ assist you in managing your time to do your readings before teaching begins (in order
that you gain the maximum value from class time)
â€¢ help you to develop the skills of identifying the key information and arguments in a text
â€¢ help me identify areas that need more/less attention in class. Submission: By Blackboard. Please note the following:
- Please complete using the document provided on Blackboard, using 12 point font, either Times or Arial.
- files should be attached as a Word document and file name should include your student number (not name).
Return: By 9am Monday August 31. Comments and grade will be provided in Blackboard. Any assessment submitted late will be returned after the intensive (i.e. after September 4).
Assessment: There are two components of this assessment, adding up to a possible 96 points, which converts directly into your percentage grade.
1. 1) number of reading summaries completed (up to 60 points)
2. 2) quality of each reading summary (up to 36 points)
You will choose whether to give a brief summary of 24 readings, or a more detailed summary of 12. Your decision should be based on which you think you will be able to do better â€“ you can get an HD (86%) by doing consistently great summaries of 12 readings, or you can get approximately the same grade (HD, 84%) for doing consistently good summaries of 24 readings.
1) Number of summaries. Students who complete:
â€¢ 12 reading summaries (one for each topic) begin with 50 points.
â€¢ 18 reading summaries (at least one for each topic) begin with 55 points.
â€¢ 24 reading summaries (two for each topic) begin with 60 points.
2) Quality of summaries. Students can receive up to three points per topic:
0 = poor (appear to have totally misunderstood the reading, or to have only read the
abstract and/or conclusion)
1 = adequate (has met basic requirements but missed or misunderstood important points, low level of critical engagement; has made some effort and summarised adequately)
2 = good (has clearly read and engaged with the material; has done a good job of summarising)
3 = great (has clearly identified the key points and argument and has critically reflected on the material; has made a great summary)
Tips for completing this task:
â€¢ Remember that the purpose is to demonstrate that you have read the material, and that
you have engaged with it.
â€¢ Write in complete sentences â€“ I donâ€™t want lists and/or dot points.
â€¢ Allow on average 150 words per topic (x12 topics = 1,800 words), so you will need to be concise!
â€¢ If you write summaries for two readings for a particular topic, you should identify â€˜key pointsâ€™ and â€˜main argumentâ€™ for each reading separately, but you are encouraged to write the â€˜reflectionâ€™ on both readings together.
â€¢ The best way to complete this task is to read your set readings with a piece of paper (or your computer) beside you and as you are reading, make notes about the three points you will need to address. That means that you need to
â€¢ - identify the key points as you are reading â€“ jot them down as you go. Go back over
the list when you finish reading and cross off the ones that turned out not to be key points after all. If you are still left with a long list, see if you can group them under general areas â€“ try to have no more than about four (though it may be fewer than this).
â€¢ - make note of points that appear to be central arguments, as you are reading. This may only become evident in the later parts of the reading, or it might be clear from the beginning. In some readings it may be hard to see any argument, or to identify one as most important. In each case, when you finish reading, think about what single main argument stood out for you, and write this down (you can include comments about whether it was hard or easy to distinguish).
â€¢ - reflect on the reading when you finish it, and make note of this. Your reflection may include a personal response (e.g. I was moved / outraged / perplexed), a critical analysis (e.g. contrasts with other readings / courses), but should certainly reflect the way the reading impacts on your existing understanding.