English 1301 6 th week. SECTION 15/16. What is the most difficult thing about writing a thesis statement?. When to quote, summarize, paraphrase (see STM Ch.13). When do we quote?
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You need to consider whether the exact wording is significant for your analysis. i.e particular diction or metaphor. You also do not want to quote an anecdote since it becomes way too length.
When do we paraphrase?
You need to consider whether it is an idea/a manner of presentation you need to emphasize. i.e. for instance, you cannot quote the structure of an article nor can you quote satire (unless there is an appropriate line). In these cases, you paraphrase rather than quote.
When do we summarize?
For this course, English 1301, you use summary to make your point clear. It usually works if you provide a summary as contextual information for your audience to understand in what context an author uses a rhetorical choice you are about to discuss.
For instance, when you quote statistic, you’re not going to explain what the statistic depicts; rather, how having the statistic influences on the audience and allows the author to achieve the purpose.
Your focus needs to be on the function of a rhetorical choice.