Project #121559 - RELIGIONS

Please read the article attached to this post and the reading reponse paper guidelines. Once you done reading write a reading response.




Reading Response Paper Guidelines and Grading Rubric[1]


Response papers require you to read actively and engage the arguments within the readings.  The ability to synthesize, evaluate, and critique large amounts of complex material in one to two pages is one of the most important skills you can learn in college. You will use these skills in your professional life such as writing policy or business memos, e-mails, blogs, professional presentations, etc.


Each student will write two reading response papers during the semester.  These 2 page reading responses will help you practice critical analysis through concise synthesis and reflection.  Your response paper will focus on one reading and must include: no more than a two or three sentence summary of the reading; discussion and analysis about a specific comparison/critique in the reading; and a conclusion that presents a question about the text that explores the consequences and implications of the reading.  A response paper is about analysis and not opinion so tie your reflection to a specific passage from the reading to which you can make your original argument.  For example, you may have a question that comes from a specific passage in the text. You will include the specific passage (including proper citation) and then provide your understanding of its meaning (its key concepts).  Avoid obvious insights and avoid making this assignment a personal response on how you liked the text.


The Dos and Don'ts of Response Papers:

DO NOT: Only summarize plot

DO: Analyze the thematic and symbolic significance of events in the text


DO NOT: Say you didn't like a character/reading        

DO: Explain how a character was unlikable, how that effects the reading experience, and why that may or may not have been the author's intent


DO NOT: Generalize and provide vague reasons behind your text analysis


DO: Use specific examples from the text (including quotes, if significant).

DO NOT: Make superficial, obvious insights (poor thesis: The Bluest Eye is about the struggles of growing up.)


DO: Think deeply, and look closely into the work. Notice things that a casual reader would not.

DO NOT: Simply repeat ideas mentioned in class by the professor or by other students. 

DO: Build off ideas mentioned in class, adding your own thoughts and insights to your discussion


Your grade will be based on the quality and complexity of your insights, the use of specific textual evidence as support, and the structure and mechanics of the paper.   I am using a 10-point scale described below (with decimals):


10: A well-written, (i.e. has sophisticated sentences, logical arguments, excellent transitions, minimal errors in punctuation and spelling) very focused discussion with great insights and lots of detailed close reading supported by evidence. Passage is cited properly and includes a probing question of the text.

9: Very good observations and question, but they could be taken further.  Writer needs to give more evidence to support claims.

8: Makes an interesting and insightful claim, but overall the reading could use more analysis and discussion.  The paper hints at an argument, but the writer has not shown how the text leads to those ideas. The author could also provide better paragraph structure and logical flow of arguments, and correct spelling and/or punctuation errors.

7: Mostly summarizes the text or circles around a main topic without elaborating on it (descriptive not analytical). Little support provided for claims and author’s original analysis of the text is muted or question is missing. There are a noticeable number of issues in paper’s structure including grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors, weak transitions, poor sentence/paragraph structure, and inadequate use of textual passages to support argument.

6: Unacceptable, but enough work to get a grade. Author showed lack of comprehension of assignment/text (did not follow paper guidelines); paper has unclear ideas due to frequent problems with structure, mechanics, and analysis; paper neglects to attend passage/text appropriately (all description no analysis).

5: Failing because author showed lack of effort, comprehension of assignment, or plagiarized.  There is no question and no passage provided for critical analysis, and the paper is inappropriate for college level essay because of major issues in its structure, mechanics, and analysis.


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Due By (Pacific Time) 04/18/2016 12:00 am
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