Reading responses should include a thesis statement supported by appropriate evidence from the text. This is an exercise in close reading, so it isn’t necessary to take on a large amount of text. You may want to chose one or two poets or poems or one or two scenes or themes from a novel or play, for example. You may take prompts or inspiration from lecture materials or class discussion, but your argument should be your own. This is a chance to get familiar with a text and create your own argument. You are responsible for deciding which topic you would like to write about and submitting your response on your chosen due date
Closely examine the text(s) you have chosen and begin to make some observations about it/them. You might notice patterns like meter, rhyme scheme, alliteration, etc. If you write about drama, you might decide to talk about performance details like casting or choreography, or you might just want to close read a passage. While you are close reading your chosen texts, avoid simply googling information about them. Try to sit with the texts and use what you have learned in class to help you think about them. If you are having difficulty understanding your texts, you can turn to your lecture notes or contact a member of your teaching team to help you understand it. Often, thoughtless googling about texts can lead to unintentional plagiarism. If you do decide to use secondary research to help you, remember to cite it. Always remember that it’s much better to cite a bad source than to plagiarize a bad source. When you have made some observations about your text, consider what you want to argue and how your observations might support your argument. Then draft a clear thesis statement supported by appropriate evidence from the text.