1. Summarize, in one or two paragraphs, the central arguments of the text. What are the main claims (2-3)?
How does the author make his or her point (what evidence do they use)? Does the author’s voice play a
major role in their argument?
2. If possible, use one or two paragraphs to relate the text to other readings in the course. Does the text
advance an argument from earlier in the semester? Does it argue against another reading? Is there
perhaps even a reading from one of your other classes that bears on the text?
3. Relate, in your remaining space, the arguments in the reading to a piece of relevant media. This could
be anything: film, tv, music, news, etc. How does theory manifest itself in practice? Do the arguments of the
reading hold true or are they refuted by a piece of media under consideration? Does this outside media
expand in any way on the possibilities of the reading, putting it in a new light and allowing you to better
understand the reading’s central tenets?