Reading Responses


The reading responses should be kept updated throughout the semester. All responses are to be submitted Sunday @ 5:00 pm for that week’s readings. No late work will be accepted.

an overview . . .

You will read a series of selections in this class. Some will be difficult because of new terms and concepts, and some may be challenging in other ways—thinking from new perspectives, or topics or idea to help you read, think, and recall. The reading response will allow you to record your responses to readings assigned in class. It will also give you practice in condensing and remembering information you have read as you begin to build a synthesis of ideas about writing. For each week, I expect a response that summarizes, criticizes, and responds to the article you have read. You will get better at this as the semester progresses. You might start by summarizing and noting places of confusion, questions, or observations that you have.  As we move forward, your summaries, synthesis, and analysis will probably become more concise and more complex; in fact, I expect that.

Pick a reading for the week. To receive full credit for each of these assignments you must submit each response before 10:00am, the response must be more than 500 words, and it must consist of summary, synthesis, and analysis.

Instructions/ Format:

Reading Responses should be pasted into a response window (attached files will receive a grade of 0). We will talk in class about what analysis means, but this is your chance to respond to the article. Please label your reading response with your name, class title, class time, and section number before turning them in for grading. You must make three moves in each response you write.

Move 1: Summary

List the MLA citation on the first line.

In your first paragraph, briefly describe what the article is about. Be sure to accurately list the MLA citation.

Move 2: Synthesis

In your second paragraph, make a connection between the article or media you picked for this week and some other “text” from the class. How do the two pieces speak to and inform each other? Are there conflicts? Does one text help explain another?

Move 3: Analysis

In your third paragraph, add value to the conversation you have assembled. Make connections between class discussions, personal experience, or other sources outside from the class. Your reading response would also be an appropriate place to agree or disagree, ask questions, note what might be confusing or interesting to you, and think about why we might be reading this article in this class and what you want to be professionally.

How many entries must I have?

You should have one entry per week.

How you are Evaluated:

This reading response will function as a recording of your thoughts and reflections about the readings we cover in the class. Entries and the collection as a whole will be evaluated using the following questions:

  • Are citations complete? Do they follow MLA style?
  • Have you made all three moves?
  • Are responses thorough and well thought out?
  • Have you begun to think about how ideas between articles are related, and how these scholars are participating in a dialogue?
  • Are you making beginning moves in your analysis to also dialogue (respond, engage in conversation) with the scholars you are reading?
  • Are you adding value?

 Note: I am more interested in your thoughts as you read here, and less interested in you spending time worrying about sentence construction, spelling, or mechanics. There will be plenty of time to worry about surface-level writing issues on your major assignments; don’t spend too much time “editing” your reading response. I will only grade for content.