Assignment: Critical Summary and Discussion of Two Readings
Guidelines for Reaction Paper #3: You will summarize and critically discuss those two readings.
You can use elements from the documentary: Egalité for ALL: Toussaint Louverture and the
Haitian Revolution as well as other materials used in the class or outside sources from your own
research. Apply all the writing skills you have gained thus far from the previous written assignments.
Having read BOTH articles listed below from the electronic library: (ebook) in West, Martin and
Wilkins, eds, From Toussaint to Tupac.
1. Sylvia Frey, “The American Revolution and the Creation of a Global African World,”
(Ebook /ereserves) http://site.ebrary.com/lib/umass/docDetail.action?docID=10343527
2. West and Martin, “’Haiti, I’m Sorry’: The Haitian Revolution and the Forging of the Black
International,”, pp. 72-104. In (Ebook/ereserves)
First, summarize the gist of the two readings and discuss critically the issues raised by the authors
of the articles being reviewed.
In your analytical discussion, please try to weaving elements from the documentary shown in class, Egalité
for ALL: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution to help develop your arguments and
viewpoints and to support your positions on the issues. Your reaction paper will be analyzed based on your
ability to articulate your position on the issues, and how you use resources to support your arguments.
In your Summary, use the following guidelines your position or counter-position to the issues:
Develop a clear THESIS to help you create a conceptual framework for your
summary analysis. In the first sentence or two, mention the title of the reading, the
name of the author (or authors), and the author’s thesis or central purpose.
Use a neutral tone; be objective and fair. The goal of this Reaction Paper #3 is to
summarize the author’s views and perspectives as accurately as possible, while you
are adding your reaction to it.
You can write from the third-person point of view, and use the present tense: Sylvia
Frey argues that . . . instead of [I thought that or You will see that].
Put all or most of the summary in your own words; if you borrow a phrase or a
sentence from the author, put it in quotation marks.
Limit yourself to presenting the author’s key points.
Though you must work within a word limit, give enough details to suggest the
author’s evidence for his or her key points.
Edit your draft for wordy sentences. A good summary is short but informative;
every word should count.
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