Summarizing

So I continue to be a bundle of anxiety about this class.  I have no further information on the reading that will be necessary for the class itself.  I've done quite a bit of background reading, however, and been super deliberate about note taking and summarizing.  Well, for the most part.  

I did try to follow the one page summary model, but I'm just too verbose.  My summaries of journal articles are two sided of a handwritten page - maybe 300 words?  I don't quite know enough to fully address other works this article is in dialogue with throughout time, but it has pointed me in the direction of Robert A. Dahl, and has given me a starting point for my 12th grade elective next year.  The notes helped me to remember the argument, and should be an excellent basis for doing something for this class as well.  I've taken this same approach for other articles from the Journal of Democracy that seem very relevant and will be useful.  I've been much less deliberate with the background reading books, which I hope will not end up screwing me over in the long run....