1491 by Charles Mann, ISBN: 9781400032051( Read 1491 (selected chapters TBA) – Chapter by chapter (including Introduction) synopsis (At least 1-2 paragraphs per chapter).
How to write a successful synopsis:
Each synopsis should be a concise but thorough overview of the article, written in complete sentences. Every chapter requires 1-2 paragraphs, minimum, to be complete.
Identify the main argument, or thesis, presented by the author in the assigned chapter.
State this main point in your own words as an ‘elevator statement.’ [Consider how this main point could be expressed in the time it takes to change floors in an elevator].
Discuss the evidence the author used to support the thesis.
Consider what policy implications are implicit in the author’s thesis. What does the author think needs to happen to improve the situation or correct the problem?
Be sure to bring a copy of your synopsis to class each day – you will need it to take part in the discussion.
Don’t send your answers by e-mail. They must be entered on time through the link under ‘assignments’ on Blackboard.
Don’t pick something you ‘like’ or ‘don’t like’ and talk about that – this is a synopsis of the author’s work, not a discussion of what we like or don’t like about it.
Don’t waste space giving opinions about the topic itself. Limit your comments to what will be graded – your understanding of the author’s work.
Don’t use quotes – write in your own words.