Assistant Professor & ESL Coordinator, Northern Michigan University
If you have been asked to read this section, you will be responsible for creating reading responses throughout the semester associated with this course. We will discuss this – at length – in class. This is a basic overview/reminder for you:
Each reading response should be specifically focused on the reading and the prompt provided on the calendar, show clear evidence that you have read and thought seriously about the reading, and be sufficiently developed. Reading responses should be 300 words or longer. Post your reading response as a blog entry and tag it “Reading Response” or use the tag provided in the prompt itself. Your responses are part of your participation grade.
Sometimes, you and each of your group members will be assigned to post your reading response to the course home page by submitting a story. The posts on the course home page will then be the focus of full class discussion. Selected reading responses will also be promoted to the front page for more lively community discussion.
In composing your reading response you must include all of the following:
• You can apply the rhetorical considerations discussed in Principles for Posting to Your Weblog to your reading responses.
• When it is your group’s turn to post reading responses to the course home page, consider that the goal of these blog posts is to share new information and stimulate discussion. If your group is reponsible for posting about an assignment, check to see if anyone has already posted a response on the reading. If so, read through it. Shape your blog post to take the conversation in different directions.