If you want to master the English language and be a successful college student, you must read more than just the textbook. You can read a short journal article or newspaper on a field that interests you. Your topic should be related to a unit that we will cover in the semester. However, if you decide to choose a different topic, your new topic must be a change in the field you are interested in, a new law that impacts you, or something that you feel strongly about. Remember that your classmates and teacher may not know anything about your field or topic. It is your job to make your topic clear to your audience.
Part One: Understand your article
1) Find and read a news article or research article on a topic you care about that is written in English. Type a summary and your reflection (2 paragraphs) of your reading in MLA format. Your reaction/reflection should explain why this topic is of interest to you and how it can impact the rest of the field/society/world.
2) Next, record five (5) unfamiliar vocabulary words that you find in your reading. Each new vocabulary word must include: a) translation in your first language; b) synonym or brief definition; c) an original sentence or example (see my example of what a good vocabulary sentence looks like on eCampus)
1. Write a summary paragraph (see example on page 2)
3. Record 5 vocabulary words and complete 2a, 2b, and 2c
You will turn the completed assignments throughout the semester by the determined due dates (at this moment, TBD). You will have to complete 4 Readings, and I suggest you skim through the textbook to see which units you would like to cover.
Part Two: Oral Summary Presentation
Each student will give a brief (3-5 minute) presentation on one of the journal readings that they have completed. In this presentation, the student will teach the class about his/her article. Notes are allowed, but no reading! You will give a professional speech to the class about your topic. You will also have to answer any questions your classmates (and I) may have.
Here are some recommended resources online for reading materials:
· Find a book at a bookstore, library, or online.
· NewsELA: https://newsela.com/ (you’ll have to sign up, but its free)
· Search on the library database: https://www.elcentrocollege.edu/services/academic-support/library/pages/default.aspx
Reflection/Reaction Essay Example:
Title of the Article
Summary: Who wrote the article? Where was it published? When was it published? What is the author’s purpose? What is the article about? What is or are the main ideas? Without giving the reader specific details, write a 150-200-word summary of what happens. Be objective as you report what happens; draw out the essence of the author’s purpose and main points in your own words, using the paragraph structure: topic sentence, supporting details, and concluding statement.
Reaction/Reflection: A reflection describes your experiences and how you handle those experiences in three parts. First, what did you know before reading the article and what does the new information do for you? Did you learn something? What is your newly synthesized knowledge? Do you agree with the author? Why or why not? Use these sample questions to answer what you know, feel, or think after reading the article. Second, you must connect the newly synthesized knowledge to the general audience. Sample questions to answer include: What have I learned and how does it matter? How can someone relate to this article? What applications can this knowledge be used and in what capacity? Third, you must offer a solution to a problem, call for a change, or make a connection to the world. Some sample questions you can answers are: Why is it important to the prosperity of the world? Do more people need to read this, why or why not? How does the article incite readers to change the world or make something better?