Reading/Video Response Instructions

Responses to Readings and Videos

It is easy to write poor responses to readings and videos. Let’s be specific about what quality responses look and feel like in our time together. While you read, you should annotate the text or video with both our guiding question and your own interests/experiences in mind. After you have completed all of the readings, you compose a response. For our purposes, your response should be about 300-500 words (give or take 50) and include the following:

    • A clearly articulated insight of your own conjuring that responds to the guiding question (use red font to indicate specifically where you do this)

    • Evidence from ALL your readings that supports your insight, which ideally take the form of brief quotations and citations from the readings (use green font to indicate specifically where you do this). Make explicit reference to each assigned reading and use in-text citations.

    • A specific implication of your insight from your classroom experiences (use blue font to indicate specifically where you do this)

    • NOTE: make sure you abide by common conventions of writing (see any edition of Zinsser's On Writing Well or Strunk and White’s Elements of Style for guidance) and, whatever you do, don’t be glib.

  • TIP - Pace Commons won't easily let you do the color annotations required for this assignment. You will need to do your work in Word (or another word processor, but NOT Google Docs) and then paste it into Pace Commons.

  • EXAMPLES - You can see some examples of this type of annotation here.