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â€œWhat is the purpose of a Reader Reflection?â€
Writing promotes learning and thinking. The reader reflections in this class are tools to help you think more about the content of the course and, as a result, learn more.
â€œTo what will I respond?â€
The entries will be responses to readings in the course. You will react to the readings BEFORE they are discussed in class. For some, you will respond to specific questions I pose; for others, I will ask only that you develop ideas/questions based on a reading, but the exact focus is up to you.
â€œHow should I write?â€
As you develop your response, focus on the text. Quote directly from specific passages within it and use MLA citations. Expand on the text by explaining what you believe is significant about those passages, how they relate to the question posed or a topic you are developing. Consider the authorâ€™s style, purpose, and literary devices.
â€œHow much should I write?â€
Each reader response journal should be AT LEAST TWO typed, double-spaced pages but NO MORE THAN THREE typed double-spaced pages.
â€œWhat should I write about?â€
- Summarize the text: briefly (i.e. no more than 3 to 4 sentences) the text to which you are responding.
- Extend/Apply: grasp the ideas in the text and take them further. What is the authorâ€™s point? How is it relevant today?
- Connect/Compare: Consider the ideas of this text compared to others weâ€™ve read in the class. How do they work together to form a larger pattern or message?
- Agree/Disagree: Especially for essays, as opposed to fiction, argue why the authorâ€™s views are or are not correct.
- Discover/Interpret: Try to notice something others might not notice. Read (i.e. make meaning of) the text in a way that wonâ€™t be obvious to others. Think about symbols, imagery, allusions.
- Question: Raise some intelligent, fruitful questions. You may want to answer your own questions. You can speculate by asking â€œWhat if . . . ?â€
- Inform: In response to the reading, do some research. Share relevant information, evidence, facts, quotations.
I expect you to always include a brief summary; if I assign you a specific question to address, answering it will be the focus of the bulk of the journal. If no question is assigned, you can choose which of the above (in addition to the summary), which you will employ. You are NOT expected to do all of the above in a reflection!
â€œHow will the Reader Reflections be evaluated?â€
- Adherence to guidelines: using MLA format, quoting properly, word count
- Content: the focus of the reflections is how and what you are thinking about the readings. The depth of thought demonstrated in the journal will weigh most heavily in the grade. Simply telling what happened isnâ€™t a reflection. You must persuade the audience as to why this work is important: because of its message, its style, its technique, its influence, its connection to the â€˜real worldâ€™ . . .
- Grammar: Writing a reflection is a creative, intellectual, emotional process, so I am not as focused on â€œstandard written English.â€ However, if your great idea is obscured by poor grammar, punctuation, and spelling, you have not met the requirements of the assignment. Make your entries readable. Donâ€™t use text-speak or very informal slang. You may use first and second person, contractions, and common American slang expressions.
â€œWhat do you mean by MLA format?â€
- On the upper left hand side of the first page, list the following:
- Your name
- My name
- For the title of the paper, use Reader Reflection # centered above the text and below the heading
- Place your last name and the page number in the upper right hand corner of every page
- Double space and use a standard 12-point font
- Use parenthetical citations: (authorâ€™s last name ###)
- Include a separate Works Cited page
- 2 PAGES DO NOT EXCEED 3 PAGES
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