250 words minimum.
Writing a Thoughtful Response
When writing a response, I want you to really focus on how you react to the piece you read. You may be able to answer several of the questions raised below in your response. You should aim to address at least 2. Be thorough and thoughtful. Use quotes to demonstrate.
- What does the text have to do with you, personally? Your life? Every article we are presented with will, likely, have some connection to the world we live in. What’s the connection here.
- How much does the text agree or clash with your view of the world, and what you consider right and wrong? Use several quotes as examples of how it agrees with and supports what you think about the world or your experiences, about right and wrong, and about what you think it is to be human.
- How did you learn, and how much were your views and opinions challenged or changed by this text, if at all? Did the text communicate with you? Why or why not? How did your views change or get strengthened (or perhaps, of why the text failed to convince you). Please do not write “I agree with everything,” since there is likely, at least, a tiny point with which you disagree. Use quotes to illustrate your points of challenge, or where you were persuaded, or where it left you disinterested. The templates in Chapter 4 will be valuable for this.
- How well does it address things that you, personally, care about and consider important to the world? How does it address things that are important to your family, your community, your ethnic group, to people of your economic or social class or background, or your faith tradition? If not, who does or did the text serve?
- Reading and writing “critically” does not mean the same thing as “criticizing,” in everyday language (complaining or griping, fault-finding, nit-picking). Your “critique” can and should be positive and praise the text if possible, as well as pointing out problems, disagreements and shortcomings.
- To sum up, what is your overall reaction to the text? Would you read something else like this, or by this author, in the future or not? Why or why not? To whom would you recommend this text? Why might this text be useful? How does it contribute to the “conversation?”