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Reading Response

Assignment Details


The Reading Response is designed to get you to think about themes across related readings. A Reading Response is not a summary of the readings. (I have already read them. I do not need you to summarize them for me.) Instead of homing in on particular quotations from a singular source like we do in Quote Notes, you need to write about a theme that transcends the assigned readings. You may include your thoughts about the authors' arguments, evidence, or style as your own reactions to the content. Be specific about your references and the authors that you're using.

A Reading Response is also not a formal paper, but it’s not an informal paper either. Your work needs to indicate that you have carefully and thoroughly read the readings. It also needs to indicate that you have engaged with and probed the readings. Reading Responses must be submitted in class, and cannot be submitted if you missed class (except in the case of excused absences).


  • Identify thematic connections between multiple readings
  • Articulate analytical thought
  • Demonstrate mastery of knowledge
  • Practice writing longer narratives


Each Reading Response is worth 5pts. You are required to complete three (3) reading responses, approximately one page, single-spaced. Grades will be assigned based on the following criteria:

  • Identification of appropriate theme (2pts)
  • Inclusion of all assigned readings (1pt)
  • Cohesive narrative and insightful commentary (2pts)

Due Dates

  • September 24, 2019
  • October 22, 2019
  • October 31, 2019
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