Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail”

Paper instructions:
Summary Assignment

Mostly in your own terms, write a brief one-page, single-spaced summary, restating the main ideas of

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” (http://www.archives.gov/press/exhibits/dream-

speech.pdf)).
The aim of this assignment is to thoroughly comprehend a text and to translate the essential

meaning of the text into terms accessible to others. You will need to identify the author’s subject,

audience, and purpose.
Strategies:
•    Identify the main claims in the text and restate them near the start of your summary.
•    Paraphrase the supporting points, examples, and details; use a thesaurus to find
synonyms for key words.
•    Condense the original text, keeping your writing within one single-spaced page.
•    Be “objective” rather than “critical” – try to narrow down the original, without adding
editorial comments.
•    Use verbs that capture the author’s argument and analysis.
. Your draft should be at least 1 page in length.

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail”

Paper instructions:
Summary Assignment

Mostly in your own terms, write a brief one-page, single-spaced summary, restating the main ideas of

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” (http://www.archives.gov/press/exhibits/dream-

speech.pdf)).
The aim of this assignment is to thoroughly comprehend a text and to translate the essential

meaning of the text into terms accessible to others. You will need to identify the author’s subject,

audience, and purpose.
Strategies:
•    Identify the main claims in the text and restate them near the start of your summary.
•    Paraphrase the supporting points, examples, and details; use a thesaurus to find
synonyms for key words.
•    Condense the original text, keeping your writing within one single-spaced page.
•    Be “objective” rather than “critical” – try to narrow down the original, without adding
editorial comments.
•    Use verbs that capture the author’s argument and analysis.
. Your draft should be at least 1 page in length.

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Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *