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How to do a RR: Reader responses are your academic analysis of the readings/authors. Well organized, one page, typed, Times New Roman, 12 size font, dbl spaced structured, MULTI-PARAGRAPHED response to each reading is required for my basic consideration. Each paragraph must be 7 sentences minimum with excellent sentence variety. 7 short, choppy sentences will earn poor grades.

  • Begin broadly with an attention getting statement about the general topic of the reading. Then introduce you author using his or her full name, correctly punctuated title, and relevance to your first sentence. If applicable to your response, include argument-relevant background information about the author, time period of publication, or other contextual clues you are aware of or have done research on. Include only information you find relevant to your response and your own argument/criticism of the topic. Provide a 2-3 sentence summary of what the reading is about. State what is important about this reading leading to your specific argument. State your argument/thesis statement at the end of your introduction. No questions and no quotes from the reading belong in the introduction. No first or second pronouns needed. DO NOT argue for or against the author in general terms. If you basically agree or disagree with the author, you will end up retelling the whole reading which is WRONG. Choose a specific, original aspect from your own ideas to argue.
  • Beginning with a specific topic sentence for a body paragraph(s), make a specific claim based on the argument you are trying to prove. Think about what specific idea you want to bring up to criticize that speaks to you and your own understanding of this topic. Analyze these findings based on academic inquiry and academic literary knowledge, showing me your literary and rhetorical connections to the readings. In the middle of this paragraph, introduce your author and include quotations or paraphrased excerpts. Place the page number in parenthesis after these informational sentences like this (Jones 34). You must pull at least one piece of evidence from each reading, explain how it supports your claim, and then analyze or criticize what the author is trying to do or what message s/he is trying to convey through this quote. Then explain how it proves your overall argument/thesis. This should take a few sentences after the quote. Do NOT explain quotes to me; instead, explain HOW the evidence supports your argument/thesis. Do NOT begin or end body paragraphs with quotes.

*Reintroduce your argument on this topic that you suggested in the beginning. Connect and collect evidence of the strange, interesting, and/or revealing thoughts to support your claim and to the specific author using his/her name. What have you seen in life to prove your claim on this topic? Do not tell me that you liked or disliked the reading. Compare, predict, provide solutions/alternatives.

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Submit your responses to 2 of the 4 readings here in CANVAS. Submit only ONE document, and ONE send. Do not send 2 separate attachments. Send both in one document. I will respond specifically to you in CANVAS, so you MUST read my comments and grade in order to well for paper 1. Print both of these out and bring to our next class.

Here are the two articles:

  1. “The New Science Behind Your Spending Addiction” by Sharon Begley and Jean Chatzky
    https://www.newsweek.com/new-science-behind-your-spending-addiction-68063
  2. Drugs Will Kill Your Friends” by Rob Delaney
    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/11/drugs-will-kill-your-friends/281418/

These works need to be cited.

Second, Peer Edit critical response paper. (Please do this on the other file)

Peer editor 1: This peer edit must focus on the content and development of the paper. Give this editor a copy of your completed paper.

Process for editor 1 (please follow these directions 1-2 as stated; for 3-5 please write your answers on the back of the paper)

1) Count how many paragraphs there are and write this number next to your name.
2) Count how many sentences are in each paragraph (7 is minimum, MUST!)
3)Read the introduction, sentence by sentence, noting that it contains all the elements required for a summary paragraph. Does it begin by introducing the topic, author, and title? Does it flow from broad to narrow in focus? Does the writer state his/her argument which sets up specific critique for the paper through a well crafted thesis statement? Does it flow and make sense?
4)Next, read body paragraph(s). Do body paragraphs begin with a topic sentence (NOT a quote) that suggests an area of support for the writer’s criticism of this piece? Is a quote(s) introduced, not just plopped in, as support for the topic sentence claim? Is the quote examined for how it helps/hurts the author’s overall argument as well as support the point the student writer, your peer, is trying to make? Are there page numbers in parenthesis identifying the page number(s) where this quote appears in the text? Is there analysis that furthers the point of the student writer? Does the paragraph serve as quality evidence, proving the thesis? Does the author transition to the next paragraph?
5)Finally, does the conclusion reintroduce the thesis? Does the writer justify the criticism of the piece by placing it in experiential, real world terms? Are the criticisms valid and of high quality or are they petty, unsubstantiated claims? Did the writer make you think? Were you just confused by the whole paper? Certain sections? Did a lack of careful language skills interfere with your ability to read or understand the whole piece?

Process for editor 2: (follow the directions and then comment on the questions here by writing on the back of one of the draft pages)
You are to read for mechanical errors including format, capitalization, spelling, commas, semicolons, periods, etc. You must find at least 12 errors on this draft, circling them and then offering suggestions for a well-structured sentence.

Is the font size, style, and color correct? Is the spacing correct? Are margins correct? Is the vocabulary college level or does it confuse you? Are verbs active or are there too many state of being verbs (am, is, are, was,were, be, been,being) used? Is their word choice boring or redundant? Does every sentence make sense? Does the author have a good argument? What should this author do to improve the writing style of the paper?

Circle all first person pronouns- I, me, my, mine
Circle all second person pronouns- you, your, yours, you’re
Underline the THESIS statement (this should appear twice in the paper)
Underline TOPIC sentences
Circle citations

Choose your strongest reader response. I commented to you in that assignment which one I thought was your strongest. Just choose ONE of the responses you wrote. If neither one was strong, you must revise and create an acceptable response. Then create your rough draft from this response.

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