A summary and response essay has two objectives. The summary paragraph restates the main ideas of a text. The response paragraphs give your personal reactions to the main ideas. Your reactions can include ideas you agree or disagree with, your own personal experiences that relate to the topic, and facts and examples that support or disprove the main ideas in the text. When you write a summary paragraph, write the main ideas in the order they appear in the text. Remember to always use your own words, and do not add your own ideas or opinions or change the writer’s original ideas or opinions.
In this assignment, you are going to write a summary and response essay for a book or article you have read, or a documentary you have seen, in which someone has changed their appearance or personality. Respond to the question, “Why do people want to change who they are?”