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K.E.Y. Learning Center: Writing

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The following resources are designed to help you get started on writing projects in any of your classes.  For course specific resources, keep scrolling down the page.

ENGL 075 / ENGL 111: Summary Response

Before you can write a quality summary response essay, you should concentrate on your close reading and annotation skills.

CLOSE READING involves asking questions about the text as you read it (or about a film as you watch it):

  • What is the theme of the story, essay, or film?  What is the author trying to relate to an audience?
  • What are the important details provided in the text?  How do the details contribute to the theme?
  • How does the author use his or her tools (images, word choices, certain scenes or information) to support the ideas expressed in the text?

For more information on close reading, click here:

ANNOTATION involves creating your own way of marking up a text and creating a personalized but organized method of extracting and using the information you have gathered as you read a text.  Here are some examples of annotated texts:


ENGL 075 / ENGL 111: Comparative Analysis


Types of Writing