READING AND RESPONSE GUIDELINES
When a reading is assigned and discussions/questions are to be answered, the
following information will assist the student in both reading and responding to the
reading and it’s questions
-Read the assigned piece twice. The first reading should be simply for enjoyment.
Assume this is not an assigned reading, but one you have been meaning to read…The
second time around is when annotation (note-taking, highlighting, writing in the margins,
-Reading the questions beforehand will take away the enjoyment of the piece.
This may expedite finding the answers to the assigned questions, but these
answers may lack personal insight-which is most important in discussions.
-Create a two-part response at the minimum. First, share PERSONAL
THOUGHTS about the question(s) asked. Second, add TEXTUAL EVIDENCE
to support these thoughts. (These may be direct quotes, references to sections,
page numbers, etc…) Keep in mind that when using direct quotes, “quotation marks”
need to be used with the line and/or page number after each quote.
Example 1: On page 262, the author states, “She was an unruly girl that didn’t know
Example 2: “She was an unruly girl that didn’t know any better.” (p.262)
Example 3: When quoting poetry, line and page number are both used. “The road
followed was an uneasy one, as the gulls passed beyond.” (p.262, lines 27-28)
FORMAT FOR THE RESPONSE
Once these two aspects are complete, put them together in a strong, cohesive “essaystyled” response, keeping the assigned questions separate and numbered. Do not simply
submit a paper with “personal thoughts” in one section and “textual evidence” in another.
They should be interwoven within the response as one. There is no word limit to these
responses. They are graded on quality, not quantity.
*Keep in mind that there rarely are right or wrong answers in these
responses. What is most important are the personal thoughts and what the
reader thinks about the piece.*