Summary-Response Responding to Reading Purpose of this Assignment To be able to summarize (paraphrase) the author’s main ideas succinctly To be able to respond or react to what the author has to say using evidence from the story (to support or defend your point of view) These are the core skills needed for writing literary analysis. Reading Critically Engaging author in a discussion by asking questions as you read an article or essay Reading closely to spot those short story elements (character, setting, plot, conflict, etc.) and literary elements (symbolism, foreshadowing, flashback, etc.) Preparing the Summary Cite the author and the title of the text Indicate the main ideas of the text Paraphrase main ideas; quote sparingly, use key words, phrases, and sentences Be objective Preparing the Response Your opinion of the author’s ideas or literary techniques Do you agree or disagree? Cite evidence from the story to back up your opinion Assignment For each of the stories in i, Robot, write a summary response. Each summary/response should be at least two paragraphs in length: The first paragraph is the summary of the story. The second paragraph is your response to elements of the story. These have no formal introduction other than a brief introduction of the author and story in the first sentence of the summary. There is also no formal conclusion other than your final sentence wrapping up your overall opinion of the story.