Your Abstract should contain the following parts that are listed below.
- Topic Sentence: your abstract must contain one sentence that clearly and concisely introduces the topic of the profile paper.
- Content Sentences: your abstract must mention the following five main topics of the profile: background information about the species, life cycle of the organism, structure and function of one organ system of the organism, evolutionary topic, and an additional interest. This is challenging to write! These sentences should not be too specific, but reflect broad strokes summaries of each of these main topics.
- Conclusion Sentence: Abstract contains one sentence that mentions key conclusions and/or findings.
Here is a link that may help you prepare to write this Abstract:
- Advice on writing abstracts: (Please note that you do not have a methods section in this paper. Despite that difference, this is a great resource with great tips).
Please make note of the following tips and tricks:
- We understand that this is a rough draft and as your research and writing continues over the next few weeks your abstract conclusion may change. Be sure to update this abstract if that happens when you submit Assignment 4.
- Please review the rubric! The rubric is a very detailed template that I will use to assess your performance. It also will help you understand what is expected from you as you prepare your assignment.
- Your abstract should be clear and concise and contain approximately five to seven well written sentences.
- Be sure to avoid first person.
- Your abstract should contain topic sentences, not specific and detailed information, and as such there should not be a need to cite.
- Please see the sample abstract attached below.
Topic: The Etowah darter (Etheostoma etowahae) is a fish restricted to the upper reaches of the Etowah River (Coosa River basin) in Georgia.
Assignment 3 Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to help organize write an abstract for the paper you will finish writing as Assignment 4: Organism Profile. You have already completed Assignment 2: The Outline, which gives you the basic information to include in the abstract and expand on in the full Assignment 4. You will include a revised version of this abstract as part of your Assignment 4.
**Note: This is a hypothetical example to give you an idea of how to format your abstract. It is
necessary to follow all parts of this abstract exactly, as it is an example. The callout boxes describe the required characteristics of the abstract.**
Assignment 3: Giant Tree Frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor)
Abstract: Phyllomedusa bicolor, also known as the giant tree frog, is a common amphibian found throughout the Amazon Basin Rainforest. This is the largest tree frog in the world characterized by a dark green color and white underside. It has a life cycle similar to many other frogs: egg, tadpole, mature frog. The skin of the giant tree frog has unique attributes that allow protection against sun damage, prevent dehydration and combat infection.
The eyes of the tree frog have vertically slits, common in nocturnal creatures.
The giant tree frog evolved with similar species over 200 million years ago. Indigenous people in Peru use skin secretions in a ritual called Kampo, to give hunters luck. Phyllomedusa bicolor is a fascinating frog common in rainforests with interesting adaptations that has cultural significance to native Peruvians.