The example of summary

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An Example of a Summary

This is an example summary that I wrote about a John Grisham essay.  I am writing in the Plain Style. I  begin with an intro paragraph, like if I were writing a real essay.  I begin by trying to engage the  reader’s attention, though this is not required.  You can begin your interpretive essays with the  summary. At the end of my intro, I put my thesis statement (brown font) for this pretend essay.   Notice how, in my intro, I offer a snapshot sentence (blue font) so my readers know what I am talking  about before I state my thesis.  I use the author’s full name the first time, and use the last name only  from then on. Finally, notice how I write about the essay in the present tense (red font) unless I am  dating the essay (1998) and/or giving some historical fact or detail about the essay (green font). intro: Most Americans have walked by a homeless man on the street without stopping. Most of us have sat rigidly in our cars at a stoplight while a downtrodden person with a sign walks up and down the rows, asking for money, work, or both. In America, worthy causes are endless, but in 1998 famous novelist and former lawyer John Grisham advocated homelessness as a cause that needs particular attention. In his article, “SSomewhere for Everyone,” Grisham argues that while the homeless must cope with a lack of food, shelter, and proper healthcare, their biggest obstacle is actually city laws and unconcerned Americans. Grisham effectively balances appeals to emotion, character, and logic in an attempt to move his audience from a state of apathy to empathy, and perhaps even to action. In the summary below, I have incorporated all the key features discussed in class. I have author tags  (purple font), paraphrases with page citations (blue font), and direct quotes with page citations (red  font). I do not use any stand‐alone quotes.  I have plenty of main ideas, and I already stated the  author’s full name and essay title in my introduction. summary: In this article, Grisham wants to reveal the problem of homelessness to American readers who are mostly unninformed about the crisis. He begins by admitting that he was once unconcerned about the issue of homelessness. According to Grisham, homeless people were overlooked or avoided in his hometown. As a result, he learned to ignore the problem. He re

ecounts an incident in New York City when a persistent street beggar followed him down the road and accosted him (2). Grisham eventually escaped the man’s harassment, and he writes that the experience “did nothing to arouse my concern for the homeless” (3). He explains his indifference to the homeless plight: “I had o. . .

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