Summarizing and Responding in a Letter to James McBride
Now that you have considered the topic of hip hop and its global influence, you will write a summary and response in the format of a letter.
Your task is to compose a letter to James McBride with the purpose of letting him know what you think about the claims he makes about the importance and power of hip hop in his essay.
The first portion of the letter will be a summary where you show McBride that you understand the main points of his essay. The second portion of your letter will be a thoughtful and formal response to his ideas.
TODAY, WE WILL FOCUS ON THE SUMMARY PORTION...
Directions for the summary:
FIRST, create the document where you will complete this assignment. Open a new document in Google Docs. Name it properly -- period lastname assignment (for example: 2 baker Letter to McBride). Finally, share it with me (email@example.com) and Ms. Rick if you are in period 6 or 7 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Begin your letter with a one-paragraph summary of the essay following the steps below:
- In the first sentence, state which of his texts you read in “quotation marks” and the subject of the essay (using the summary frame pictured below will help with this).
- Next, inform Mr. McBride that you understand what occasion may have made him want to write this essay.
- Follow this with two to three sentences summarizing the key ideas of the article.
- Your last sentence should state what you believe was his purpose for writing the essay and his intended audience.
Reminders for the summary portion of your letter:
· Address the author as Mr. McBride.
· Use your own words. Do not include quotations or direct sentences from the article.
· Keep your opinion out of the summary. A summary is not the place to agree or disagree.