Summary-Critique Articles

Summary-Critique Articles
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Summary-Critique Posts (2x – 50pts ea = 20% of final grade)

Article Selection

These should be current event/current issue articles that are found in the news or other source of relevant current information. The articles should fit 2 main criteria:

  1. The topic should be related to one of the most recently covered developmental stages.
  2. The issue at hand should be related to political, legal, medical, cultural or other social realm.

For example, after covering genetics, you may choose an article such as:

‘Obese fathers may increase daughters’ breast cancer risk’ found at


After covering middle childhood and education, you may choose an article such as:

‘We Know How To Help Low-Income Students Succeed, We Just Aren’t Doing It’ found in The Huffington Post.


  • Do not choose an article that simply involves a certain age and reports an event that cannot be applied to a larger scale issue. For example, a report of a single car-crash involving a child. Instead, look for an article that explores larger scale issues such as cars and children’s safety. Then you could discuss legislation on car seats, legislation on hot car deaths, infant traumatic brain injuries related to specific types of car seats, etc.
  • Do not choose an article that is more than 3 years old. CURRENT is key.
  • Do not choose an article that is actually an opinion piece that lacks expert or empirical support (blogs, for example). These are a dime a dozen on the internet and hold very little weight in teaching us about real world issues.

You get the idea.


After reading the article carefully, students will write a summary-critique to be posted on the discussion board for other students to see. The summary-critique should follow these guidelines:

  • In one paragraph, briefly summarize the information in the article. Make sure to state from which news source the article was retrieved. If there is empirical research cited in the article, be sure to summarize the research and cite it in the text.
  • Next, draw a relationship between the article information and what you have learned from the text readings and activities. Be sure to use concepts and terms that you’ve learned in the course.
  • Then, spend the bulk of your summary-critique paper drawing personal conclusions based on the following critical thinking skills:

*note- You do not need to write the answers to each of the following questions. They are to guide your thought process and help you formulate an opinion about the value of the article.

  1. What are your personal beliefs and values related to the article? How might someone with a different life perspective/experience feel about the article?
  2. How is the information important to society?
  3. Is the information controversial? Why or why not?
  4. Is the information biased? How can you tell?
  5. Is the research that the article is based on reliable, from what you can tell? How did you decide?
  6. Is the source reliable? How did you decide?
  7. What population(s) benefit from the information?
  8. Are there any individuals or populations marginalized or harmed by the information?
  9. What assumptions are made that are not addressed?
  10. What further research or question need to be explored?

Finally, you will post the article, a link to the article, the summary-critique paper (including APA style citations) on the appropriate discussion board.


After you have posted your summary-critique paper, you will read 2 summary-critique posts and respond to them. Responses should be less than 3 paragraphs but still thoughtful, challenging and additive in nature (add to the information given). Responses that simply say “I agree” and then summarize the info will be given low grades. Posting additional sources of information in your response may earn up to 3 points (6%) on the paper grade.

In 3-5 pages long (not including References page),

APA style – visit

Grading Rubric (50 points each)

Summary-Critique Paper 
Guidelines are followed completely50 points
1 or 2 minor issues in writing, citation, or guideline adherence45-49 points (A)
1 major issue with writing, citation, article selection or guideline adherence35-44 points (C or B)
More than 1 major issue with writing, citation, article selection or guideline adherence<34 points (D or less)
Each missing responseMinus at least 5 points from Paper grade
Each poorly written or non-additive responseMinus at least 2.5 points from Paper grade
Posting additional sources of information in your response May earn up to 3 points (6%) on the paper grade.


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