Discussion: Reading Analysis and Summary

Select a reading from The Conversation website. Use the categories at the top of the page or the search bar to find something that sounds interesting to you.

STEP 1: Answer the questions below about your reading. Post these questions along with the URL to the article you chose to the discussion forum.

  1. What type of reading is this? What genre is it?
  2. What is the rhetorical context of the article? Identify the writer, audience, topic, purpose, and context.
  3. What is a vocabulary word you learned or found interesting in this article? How was it used in the article, and what is its definition?

Finally, write a summary of your reading selection. This summary should be no longer than 1/3 the length of the original source. (For instance, if your reading selection is 15 paragraphs long, your summary will be no longer than 5 paragraphs long.)

STEP 2: Respond in two separate posts to two classmates (in at least 75 words). Explicitly address their examples and try to extend, complicate, or redirect their points in a substantive, knowledge-demonstrating way.