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Milton Secondary Source Explications

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  1. Signup for one of the dates and readings listed below. You may sign up as a group with up to 3 members.
  2. Create a link and a new page.
  3. On that new page, do the following.


  • Write out a full, MLA citation for the secondary source you are explicating
  • Summarize, in no more than 100 words, the author's ARGUMENT. Please note that I can't emphasize this enough: you are not explaining what the article is "about" (it's topic, in other words); you're job is to tell us exactly what CLAIM the author is making about that topic. "Author argues," "Author contends," "Author demonstrates," "Author insists," etc. are all good formulations for summarizing an argument. If I see "X is about..." I'm very likely to puke. Indicate your summary with "Summary:"
  • After summarizing the argument, find two pieces of evidence in the article (these will likely be passages or quotations from the work under discussion) and explain how the author's reading of these support his or her claim. Please number these on your page. (For example, "Evidence #1").
  • Finally, explain to us whether or not you find the author's argument persuasive, and why (or why not).


You should be prepared to take us through this material briefly in class.


Example: Booth and Flyer: Colossus in a Cherrystone









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