Example from a student writing about teaching learning-disabled children to write:
“ The impediment associated with the composing process of students with learning disabilities can be somewhat relieved by using text-recording tools, such as special keyboards, word prediction, and speech recognition. ”
Her subject heading was “ T ext-Recording Tools .” This topic generalization clearly introduces the main ideas that she will cover in this paragraph.
It may help to use non-integral citations to connect sources.
Now summarize another source, showing the connection between them. (Create a “conversation.”)
Example: Lewis defines speech recognition software, or voice-input, as software that recognizes the voice of the user and records the words as text (19). According to MacArthur, dictation and speech recognition can be very beneficial to students with difficulty in basic writing skills but the limitations of speech recognition software are much greater than dictating to a human.
Now pull all the threads together: identify the areas of agreement and disagreement, and use them to support your argument.
Example: Both MacArthur and Lewis indicate that word prediction software was created for individuals with physical disabilities, but MacArthur claims that the benefits of word prediction technology is promising for students with severe disabilities in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.