History &amp Anthropology

I would like you to write a summary of history & anthropology from two units:
Unit 1:
1-Bombay or Bust
2-Coming to Doha al Qubaisi.
3-Emirati Historical Narratives History and Anthropology.
4-Shaikhly Authority onley khalaf.
5-Transnational Merchant Families James Onley.
Unit 2:
1-2010 Gardner Why Do They Keep Coming.
2-Golden frontier dubai indian neha vora.
3-Keeping Migrant Workers in Check.
5-Sociospatial Abu Dhabi JBR.
The course I’m taking is studying the economic trends of the gulf. I will also attach the papers I mentioned above after I make this order. I will add one more word file explaining how the teacher wants & expects the paper to be written.



This summary should cover Units 1 and 2 of HSS 200. You should provide an overall narrative of the themes and concepts of the course so far. There are several components to writing a good summary. You can start by reading the Writing Tips sheet attached.


I would like to point that in step 4 they mention a very important point: “Make sure that what you include in your sentences are key points, not minor details.”


Step 6 advises, “Don’t put your own opinions, ideas, or interpretations into the summary.” I disagree  with this to an extent: as long as your ideas and interpretations are based on the readings and themes of this class you should include them. Important note: This is not an opinion essay.


Your essay should be an informative narrative. See the attached Writing Tips sheet for how to write an informative narrative.


This essay is worth a lot of points (150), which is 15% of your grade, so you should take it seriously. You will be evaluated as follows:


  1. Evaluates information and sources critically                         70%

Does the student demonstrate the ability to recognize and explain the value/importance of the themes and sources? Does the student explain the meaning/significance of the content of the units? Does the student put the source into its social, political, and historical context as appropriate?

  1. Organization and style                                                            20%

Is the essay well-organized, with an introduction and conclusion? Is supporting evidence presented logically within each paragraph? Are there clear and appropriate links between the paragraphs? Does the student use an academic writing style, with a variety of well-structured simple, compound and complex sentences? Is the vocabulary sufficiently academic and accurate?

  1. Writing mechanics (accuracy)                                                            10%

Are commas and full-stops used accurately? Are capital letters used correctly? Is spelling sufficiently accurate? Are verb forms (tense and agreement) used appropriately and accurately?


How to Write a Summary in 8 Easy Steps

Writing a good summary demonstrates that you clearly understand a text…and that you can communicate that understanding to your readers. A summary can be tricky to write at first because it’s tempting to include too much or too little information. But by following our easy 8-step method, you will be able to summarize texts quickly and successfully for any class or subject.

1) Divide…and conquer. First off, skim the text you are going to summarize and divide it into sections. Focus on any headings and subheadings. Also look at any bold-faced terms and make sure you understand them before you read.

2) Read. Now that you’ve prepared, go ahead and read the selection. Read straight through. At this point, you don’t need to stop to look up anything that gives you trouble—just get a feel for the author’s tone, style, and main idea.

3) Reread. Rereading should be active reading. Underline topic sentences and key facts. Label areas that you want to refer to as you write your summary. Also label areas that should be avoided because the details—though they may be interesting—are too specific. Identify areas that you do not understand and try to clarify those points.

4) One sentence at a time. You should now have a firm grasp on the text you will be summarizing. In steps 1–3, you divided the piece into sections and located the author’s main ideas and points. Now write down the main idea of each section in one well-developed sentence. Make sure that what you include in your sentences are key points, not minor details.

5) Write a thesis statement. This is the key to any well-written summary. Review the sentences you wrote in step 4. From them, you should be able to create a thesis statement that clearly communicates what the entire text was trying to achieve. If you find that you are not able to do this step, then you should go back and make sure your sentences actually addressed key points.

6) Ready to write. At this point, your first draft is virtually done. You can use the thesis statement as the introductory sentence of your summary, and your other sentences can make up the body. Make sure that they are in order. Add some transition words (then, however, also, moreover) that help with the overall structure and flow of the summary. And once you are actually putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys!), remember these tips:

  • Write in the present tense.
  • Make sure to include the author and title of the work.
  • Be concise: a summary should not be equal in length to the original text.
  • If you must use the words of the author, cite them.
  • Don’t put your own opinions, ideas, or interpretations into the summary. The purpose of writing a summary is to accurately represent what the author wanted to say, not to provide a critique.

7) Check for accuracy. Reread your summary and make certain that you have accurately represented the author’s ideas and key points. Make sure that you have correctly cited anything directly quoted from the text. Also check to make sure that your text does not contain your own commentary on the piece.

8) Revise. Once you are certain that your summary is accurate, you should (as with any piece of writing) revise it for style, grammar, and punctuation. If you have time, give your summary to someone else to read. This person should be able to understand the main text based on your summary alone. If he or she does not, you may have focused too much on one area of the piece and not enough on the author’s main idea.

From: http://www.enotes.com/topics/how-write-summary

How to write an informative narrative:

The essay should have a purpose.

Make a point! Think of this as the thesis of your story. If there is no point to what you are narrating, why narrate it at all?

The essay should be written from a clear point of view.

It is quite common for narrative essays to be written from the standpoint of the author; however, this is not the sole perspective to be considered. Creativity in narrative essays often times manifests itself in the form of authorial perspective.

Use clear and concise language throughout the essay.

Much like the descriptive essay, narrative essays are effective when the language is carefully, particularly, and artfully chosen. Use specific language to evoke specific emotions and senses in the reader.

The use of the first person pronoun ‘I’ is welcomed.

Do not abuse this guideline! Though it is welcomed it is not necessary—nor should it be overused for lack of clearer diction.

As always, be organized!

Have a clear introduction that sets the tone for the remainder of the essay. Do not leave the reader guessing about the purpose of your narrative. Remember, you are in control of the essay, so guide it where you desire (just make sure your audience can follow your lead).

From: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/685/04/



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