Reading Response

This assignment (4-6 pages, double spaced) asks you to address one of the class readings for a given week. The first part of the paper should focus on summarizing the reading: what is its main argument or perspective? What is the larger structure of this argument in terms of claims, reasons, evidence, assumptions, examples, etc.? What is the broader historical and theoretical context of this argument? What are the main terms and concepts we should take from the reading? What questions and conversations does the reading open up?

For the remainder of the paper, you should aim to extend on the thinking in the reading by putting it into conversation with another text. This point of reference might be another class reading, another theoretical, literary, or cultural text, a pedagogical artifact (an assignment, a syllabus), or something else along these lines. As you put these texts into conversation with one another, try to address the following types of questions: what similarities and differences arise through a comparison of the texts? How can we analyze one text through the lens of the other? How does one text extend our understanding of the other? What new perspectives do we gain by putting these texts into conversation?

When it is your turn to submit a reading response, you should post it to Moodle by the end of Sunday (ahead of our Wednesday class meeting). You should be prepared to discuss your reading response in class. You will receive feedback from me and a classmate, and you are welcome to revise the paper for a higher grade.

In addition to completing a reading response, you will also be asked to offer feedback to a classmate. This response should be about a page (double spaced; err on the side of going over rather than going under), and it should address both aspects of the paper. In this sense, your comments can address whether the paper successfully summarized the reading and put it into conversation with another text (are there possibilities for revisions or additions?). Your feedback can also aim to further extend the conversation by drawing on additional points of comparison or raising new questions or perspectives. When it is your turn to offer feedback to a classmate, you should post it to Moodle before class, and you should be prepared to discuss your feedback in class.