Guide for Reading Responses - CS for Teachers


Responses to Readings


It is all too easy to write poor responses to readings. Let’s be specific about what quality responses look and feel like in our time together. Most weeks, you will have read a few different assigned texts about a common topic. While you read, you should annotate the text with both our guiding question and your own interests/experiences in mind. After you have completed all of the readings and watched all the videos, 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 and videos 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 for your classroom practice (use blue font to indicate specifically where you do this).


Important Notes (Please read carefully):


NOTE 1: 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.

NOTE 2: Pace Commons does not allow color coding directly. So, first compose your response in Word with the color coding, and then cut and paste into Pace Commons.

NOTE 3 - If you are using Google Docs, add the color coding, then download as a Word document. Then, open the Word document and cut and paste your work in Pace Commons. (I know, it's convoluted. Sorry).


Computer Science for Teachers Spring 2019

Computer Science for Teachers Spring 2019

Here is the online home for CS for Teachers at Pace University for Spring 2019.