Do's and Don'ts for Writing Commentary by Adria Bader (printable version here)This checklist was originally developed for Writing Consultants, but it works well in any course that involves written peer critique of papers. How can the answer be improved? How to Write a Good Essay Part 1: Learn the Difference between Commentary and Summary You need to understand the difference between commentary and summary.
While both writing styles can be used to discuss another piece of work (like a play, book, movie, or poem), this is about the sum total of their similarities. A commentary essay, usually aimed at an academic audience, strives to help its audience make sense of a topic covered in another essay or article.
Commentary essays are written critically and formally, with objective and subjective standpoints. Mar 11, 2016 While a commentary may be critical of an article published in the journal, it is important to maintain a respectful tone that is critical of ideas or conclusions but not of authors.