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READ the following article: Carolyn Dean, “The Trouble with (The Term) Art,” 2006
Settings , and write a response paper (800-word minimum to 1000-word maximum) in which you do the following:
As you read the article, see if the author provides compelling evidence to support her claims. Does she follow through on the argument presented in her thesis statement? After you’ve read the article, ask yourself if the author’s argument is relevant. How does it relate to our course material? Does she appear to have any biases that would unfairly prejudice her research? Address all these questions in your response. This is a critical response, not a summary of the article you’ve read. Your responses should be critically engaged. Do not generalize or summarize. Provide specific examples from the article to support your point of view.
Avoid numerous or long direct quotes. If you do quote or paraphrase, be sure to cite your source. You should always cite your sources for anything you write, every time. To not do so constitutes plagiarism. A reading response paper doesn’t typically include multiple outside sources (it’s not a research paper)–unless your want to use them, which is be fine. The best format for a reading response paper is to follow the in-text citation style guide at link below. If you only cite the article you’re responding to, then you are only using one source. For this, you can simply give all the article information in your introductory paragraph, which you should do anyway– so no need for “sources” list at bottom of your paper. Then follow the guide for the style you prefer (see three options at link below) for in-text citation. In this case, typically just the page number. The important thing is to be consistent throughout your paper for the style you choose. If you do cite outside sources, then you need to list them at the bottom of your paper with in-text citation as directed in the guide.
*Be sure to have a look at the rubric criteria, below, for which you will be assessed. Once your paper has been graded, be sure to read the comments/feedback embedded in the rubric, and/or provided in the comment bubble below your grade.
See the following: Writing a response paper
See the following: Sample response paper
See the following: Citation guide
2019 Reading Response Paper2019 Reading Response PaperCriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeREQUIRED LENGTH1.5 ptsRequired length or near required length1.0 ptsNoticeably shorter than required length0.5 pts50% or shorter than required length1.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCOLLEGE LEVEL WRITING + ENGLISH1.0 ptsExcellent writing with few errors0.9 ptsExcellent writing with several errors0.8 ptsGood writing with several errors0.75 ptsGood writing with multiple errors0.6 ptsOkay writing with multiple errors0.5 ptsWriting needs much improvement1.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAPPROPRIATE FORMAT INCLUDING INTRO, BODY + CONCLUSION0.5 ptsValid format0.4 ptsGood format with one or two issues in paragraph structures, opening sentences or thesis placement/thesis support0.3 ptsOkay format but hard to follow0.2 ptsFormat implied but needs much improvement0.1 ptsNo clear format, difficult to follow0.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePROPER USE OF CITATIONS (at minimum, introduce author, title, date in first paragraph); if outside sources, include bibliography; always include page numbers when quoting/paraphrase primary article0.5 ptsIncludes author, title, date in introduction; page numbers for quotes/paraphrase =or= includes bibliography/references page and, when relevant, footnotes or endnotes0.4 ptsIncludes author, title, date in intro but no page numbers for quotes/paraphrase0.3 ptsProvides only partial citation in introduction; page numbers for quotes/paraphrase0.2 ptsProvides only partial citation and no page numbers0.1 ptsVague reference to article title or author name; no reference to page numbers0.0 ptsNo citation at all; When relevant, no page numbers0.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFORMULATED OWN ARGUMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE AUTHOR’S0.5 ptsFormulated own argument and clearly defines it0.4 ptsFormulates own argument but doesn’t clearly define it0.3 ptsImplies own argument, attempts to define it0.2 ptsImplies own argument, but makes no attempt to define it0.1 ptsMakes no attempt to formulate own argument/point of view0.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEFFECTIVE RHETORICAL STRUCTURE/EFFECTIVELY DEFENDS OWN ARGUMENT0.5 ptsStrong rhetorical structure/effectively defends own view0.4 ptsGood rhetorical rigor0.3 ptsOkay rhetorical rigor/some attempt to defend own argument and/or defense of own argument not entirely successful0.2 ptsImplies attempt to support own argument, but not rhetorically rigorous0.1 ptsMakes no attempt to support own argument0.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeADDRESSED AUTHOR BIAS0.5 ptsAddresses bias0.25 ptsImplies discussion of bias, but not clearly stated0.0 ptsDoes not address bias0.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDOES AT LEAST 40% OF THIS PAPER CONSTITUTE A RESPONSE RATHER THAN A SUMMARY OF THE ARTICLE?0.5 pts40% response0.4 pts30% response0.3 pts20% response0.2 pts10% response0.1 ptsNo response, only summary0.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUSED IDEAS PRESENTED IN CLASS LECTURES/READING0.5 ptsUsed ideas from class0.25 ptsImplies references to material from class, but does not clearly state0.0 ptsDid not use ideas from class0.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDiversity – Contentview longer descriptionthreshold: 1.0 pts1.0 ptsMastery. The student interprets and applies the terminology, concepts, methodologies and theories used within diverse texts.0.0 ptsNon-mastery. The student does not interpret and apply the terminology, concepts, methodologies and theories used within diverse texts.— This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDiversity – Critical Thiningview longer descriptionthreshold: 1.0 pts1.0 ptsMastery – The student considers the issues from multiple perspectives, logically analyzes evidence from credible, relevant sources, and develops reasoned conclusions.0.0 ptsNon-Mastery – The student does not consider the issues from multiple perspectives, does not logically analyze evidence from credible, relevant sources, or does not develop reasoned conclusions.— This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeHumanities – Communicationview longer descriptionthreshold: 1.0 pts1.0 ptsMastery – The student expresses ideas in a convincing, organized, clear, coherent manner that is nearly error free and uses a style and language appropriate to the subject area.0.0 ptsNon-Mastery – The student does not express ideas in a convincing, organized, clear, coherent manner that is nearly error free, or uses a style or language that is not appropriate to the subject area.— This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeHumanities – Contentview longer descriptionthreshold: 1.0 pts1.0 ptsMastery – The student interprets and applies the terminology, concepts, methodologies and theories used within the subject area.0.0 ptsNon-Mastery – The student does not interpret or apply the terminology, concepts, methodologies or theories used within the subject area.— This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeHumanities – Critical Thinkingview longer descriptionthreshold: 1.0 pts1.0 ptsMastery – The student considers the issues from multiple perspectives, logically analyzes evidence from credible, relevant sources, and develops reasoned conclusions.0.0 ptsNon-Mastery – The student does not consider the issues from multiple perspectives, does not logically analyze evidence from credible, relevant sources, or does not develop reasoned conclusions.
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