Reaction Papers


Please compose a 2-3 page paper in which you respond to the assigned reading. 

In your paper, be sure to do the following:


1.     Summarize the main points of the reading

2.     Describe what strikes or interests you in the reading and how you react to it

3.     Say what, if anything, the reading teaches you about the tradition(s) that you didn’t know

I will evaluate the papers according to whether they reflect (a) an accurate reading and (b) some serious reflection about the reading.  Because there are so many papers coming in throughout the class, they are meant to give you a venue to learn via thinking and writing, not to be a context for critical feedback from me.  This comes with exams.  I am, however, always happy to meet with you to discuss the papers.


Papers will receive either a 0 (no points), (35 points) or √+ (50 points).


The paper should be 2-3 pages long (typed and stapled), double-spaced with 12 point font and 1” margins. 

At the top of your reaction paper, on the same line, put “Reaction Paper #__.  [your name].  Then begin the paper one double space below this line.

It should be well written and carefully checked for spelling and grammatical errors.  Papers less than two full pages will receive no points. Late response papers will not be accepted. 
Please check the syllabus for the policy on emailed assignments and lateness due to computer failure.