Freire, ‘Education versus Mystification’ in Education for a Critical Consciousness
Volume of 1000 – 1500 pages (5 pages)
Assignment type : Essay
Summary Paper Assignment Instructions
Test being used: Education for a Critical Consciousness using ONLY chapeter ‘EDUCATION VERSES MASSIFICATION’ –
Summary Papers (each four  pages minimum): Your summary papers should be a product of careful reading. For this assignment, you are summarizing the arguments and ideas, not the narrative of the reading itself. Please note the assigned reading for each of the papers are on the tentative course schedule. These writing assignments, although they are not traditional essays, should include a bibliography and proper internal text citation.
Prepare the paper in four parts (each part should be developed according to suggested instructions below) and organize your essay with each part marked: A) Thesis, B) Points of Fact, C) Points of Discussion, and D) Reflection. Make two hard copies; you will be using these summary papers as reference for class presentation and will be handing them in as well. Please include your name, the date, and the number of the assignment (e.g., Summary Paper Two) at the top of the page. Papers should be formatted in a standard 12pt. font (Times New Roman), double-spaced with one-inch margins. Staple your papers once in the top left corner; cover pages are not necessary (and also wastes paper). Please use whole sentences and paragraphs, not sentence fragments and bullet points.
A) Main Thesis of the Text: What’s the point of the text? What are the main ideas and concerns being offered and asserted by the author? Thesis statements should be constructed from a close reading of the text and not just a copied and pasted passage. Compose what you think is the both explicit and implied ‘main concern’ of the author. The thesis can come from different parts of the whole text and should always be referenced with the corresponding page numbers [In-text citation with author and page, for ex., (Dewey, 27); for internet citation, author and paragraph, for ex., (Shor, ¶3)].
B) Important Points of Fact: Points of fact include names, dates, ideas, and forms of ‘evidence’ used by the author to support their particular thesis. Please articulate how the supporting points and arguments help the author ‘make’ the thesis.
C) Important Points of Discussion: Comment on an issue or issues raised by the text but are not developed by the author. What does the author mention or imply that you think needs further investigation? What kinds of questions are raised by and could be raised by the text? It is at this point in the paper to bring in an outside text or reference that can help you respond to this point(s) of discussion and that might lead to an interesting discussion. Think of how you might invite your reader to think about the material of this chapter in a creative, novel way. This section can be underdeveloped but merely indicate other paths of discussion, yet please be sure to cite your sources appropriately.
D) Reflection: Be free to comment on the text in whatever way you like and state your opinion in reflection of the author’s arguments. What do you think are the most important or provocative points made by the author? Does it have relevance to other problems or ideas that you are interested in? What about these particular arguments do you find most questionable?
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