Response Papers


Please compose a three-page paper in which you respond to one of the Response Paper Options listed in the syllabus.  You’ll find the reading on Blackboard. 

The paper is due on the date for which it is listed, after which the specific option for that date is no longer an option.

Late papers will not be accepted

In your paper, be sure to do the following:



1.    Present in at least 1.5 full pages what you take to be the main points of the reading

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

3.    Develop three questions, based on the reading, that will lead you into a deeper knowledge of the tradition.



I will evaluate the papers according to whether they reflect (a) an accurate reading and (b) some serious reflection about the reading.

Papers that do both will receive full points (40).  There are at least nine response paper options on the syllabus; students must do five of them to receive all possible points (200).  You can do more than five if you are not satisfied with one or more of your previous scores.  I will apply your top five scores to the final score.


Please note that I do not provide written feedback on these assignments, except for occasional comments. Our TA and I read them all but because there are so many throughout the semester, the assignment is not meant to be a context for close evaluation of your work.  Rather, the purpose of the assignment is to provide you with a venue to work out your thoughts and anchor your learning of the traditions. 


Papers will receive either a 0 (no points), (28 points) or √+ (40 points).


Each paper should be three full pages long (typed), double-spaced with 12 point font and 1” margins.  At the top of the first page, on the same line, type the following:

[Your name -- RP chapter/essay title].  Start the paper on the next line.

It should be well written and carefully checked for spelling and grammatical errors. Avoid 
Any papers that are less than three full pages will receive 28 or 0 points.