English 5000

Secondary Criticism Summary Template


·       Author of Article:

·       Title of Article:


·       Summarize the argument of the essay in a sentence:


·       Summarize the argument of the essay in a paragraph or two:



·       Does the argument respond to a previous critical consensus or to other critics?  How does the article represent those other positions?



·       Within what kind of context does the article offer its claims: cultural/historical, formal/literary, philsophical/religious, psychological, etc.?



·       What is the article’s best or most convincing use of evidence (and what kind of evidence is used)?



·       How does the opening paragraph or two serve to attract the interest of the reader?