Answer all the following questions:
Section A: Reference
Write an accurate reference for the text using the APA system of referencing.
Section B: Choice of Text
Write paragraphs explaining why you chose this text to read. Use the following questions as a guide for your answer:
How is it relevant to you in terms of personal interest, your previous and future studies, the modules of your course of study at the university, and your future career? Are there any other reasons why it might be useful for you to read it? How academic is the text and how do you know? Are there any other reasons why it might be useful for you to read it, such as global issues related to the topic of the text?
Section C: Understanding of the Text
- Previewing the text.
- What can you learn from reading the title of the text, the sub-title and headings and from a brief scanning of the article (you should take only three to five minutes to do this!)?
- What is the main topic of the text? Briefly explain the topic in your own words.
- Understanding the text more fully.
- Pick out the main points of the text and take notes on them. Then put them into a brief well-organised summary written in your own words (your summary should contain between 200 and 280 words).
- Critical Reading.
- How would you critically assess the text? Do you agree or disagree with the points the writer is making? Explain why, or why not.
- Do you think this is a text that could be used for academic work? Explain why, or why not.
Section D: Vocabulary from the text
- Write down five items of academic vocabulary or phrases or word or phrases linked to your area of study from the text that are new to you.
- Type the sentences in which they appear in the text onto your answer paper.
- Try to guess the meaning of these words or phrases.
- Write your guesses on your answer paper. Then check the correct meanings in a dictionary and write these down too. Be careful to choose the meaning that was used in the text.
- What word form is it? Add this to your answer sheet.
- Finally, write your own sentences containing each word or phrase. These sentences should contain an academic or business theme.
Section E: Patterns of Analysis
- What patterns of analysis are used in this text? For example: For & Against, Cause & Effect, Benefits & Drawbacks, Extended Description, Compare & Contrast, Problem & Solution, Process.
- You should find at least two examples of patterns of analysis from the text.
- How did you identify this pattern? Give details of language and/or paragraphs which indicate the pattern of analysis used in the text.
Section F: Reflective Task
- Write a short paragraph which includes your reflections on the task.
- Focus particularly on the Patterns of Analysis question (section E) and how you approached this task and difficulties you faced in completing it.
- Suggest strategies which you will use in the next task to help you complete the summary more successfully.