Reading Reflections

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Description:

Throughout the course you will produce 6 reading reflection papers for completion credit, which accounts for a total of 25% of your final grade. The purpose of these short written assignments is for you to develop the ability to analyze, evaluate, synthesize and/or apply concepts, claims, theories or evidence from assigned readings. These reflections are meant to encourage you to read more carefully and think deeply about the issues. You are expected to identify main purpose of the text, outline the central claims of the author(s) and reflect on the text in relation to the larger themes discussed in our class. This is meant to be an exercise of understanding and evaluating written work for itself as opposed to discussion of your ‘feelings’ about it. Focus on what the text is trying to do. Discuss it within the perimeters of the text and our class themes in order to get an empirical understanding of the work in focus rather than developing assumptions about it. These papers will form the basis for class discussion, so be sure to note any questions or critiques you may have.

Guidelines:

– 3 out of the 6 reading summaries must be turned in by spring break, end of week 6. All reading reflections must be completed by April 22.

– You may only turn in ONE reading summary per class period. If there is more than one text for that day, you must show evidence that you read all carefully by reflecting on the common threads in the texts.

– You will print and bring your reflection to class as a hardcopy and turn it in at the beginning of class to receive credit. The reflection must be for the reading(s) assigned on the day it is turned in.

– Your written work must present evidence that you have read the material and put in the time to evaluate it in relation to our class themes and/or current events. You are discouraged from making judgments about whether or not the text is good/bad and right/wrong. Rather, focus on its purpose and central claims. Some questions to consider as you think about your reflection: What is this text about? What is the issue in focus? What is the context in which the issue is discussed? What do you know about the author and their body of work? Does that tell you anything? How does it relate to our course themes and objectives? Was there anything that you didn’t understand and left you confused?

All reading reflections must:

  • Include in your heading the reading reflection number (eg: Reading Reflection 1 of 6)
  • 1-2 pages (no more than 2 pages)
  • Typed
  • Double spaced
  • 12 point font
  • 1” margins

– Must adhere to rules of proper citation. The style (APA, MLA, Chicago) is up to you as long as you are consistent. If you are quoting or borrowing from works outside of our reading list, then you must provide a works cited page as well.

– Late papers will not be accepted. Mark your calendars appropriately.

Evaluation Criteria:

They will be evaluated as follows:

Effective (√+):

  • Deals with the assigned topic and is produced in form and requirements specified above.
  • As a whole exhibits a thorough thoughtful examination of the assigned readings and a genuine attempt at engaging with the main claims of the assigned text(s) as well as class themes.
  • Includes an introduction that smoothly moves the reader from an engaging opener offering some original and thoughtful insight about the work under discussion organized clearly and logically.
  • Develops the body with well-reasoned reflections, supported by specific, concrete, and appropriate details.
  • Brings the reader “full circle” in the conclusion. That is, the conclusion reminds readers of some pertinent and striking motif which was established in the introduction.
  • It contains no significant errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, or usage that obscure meaning or distract the reader. Adheres completely to those conventions of academic prose.
  • Translates to an A.

Competent (√):

  • Deals with the assigned topic and is produced in form and requirements specified above.
  • Includes an introduction that smoothly moves the reader through an appropriate and standard organizational scheme
  • Develops the body with well-reasoned reflections, supported by concrete, but broader details.
  • Offers a conclusion that leaves the reader with a feeling of completeness.
  • It contains only a limited number of errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, or usage that obscure meaning or distract the reader. Attempts to adhere to academic conventions.
  • Translates to a B.

Developing (√-):

  • Deals with the assigned topic and is produced in form and requirements specified above.
  • Includes an introduction, body, and conclusion, however does not properly develop them into well-reasoned and clear reflections and sufficient details.
  • Errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, or usage are present but do not dominate the assignment.
  • Translates to a C.

Incomplete (IN):

  • Does not adhere to the assignment criteria, rules and expectations whatsoever.
  • Translates to F.

*You are allowed one redo for a replacement grade. This must be for a different day, different set of readings. Mark the reflection replacement number in your heading.*