Just to quickly reiterate, folks: you’ll be writing nine short (one page, single-spaced, twelve-point TNR font) response papers this quarter. One’s due each Tuesday, and—topically, at least—they come in sets of three (i.e., 1-2-3, 4-5-6, and 7-8-9).
When approaching the second paper (i.e., 2, 5, and 8) in each of those sets, please give the following a try:
- Depending on the date, swap paper 1, 4, or 7 with a peer.
- Please use paper 2, 5, or 8 as an opportunity to respond to your peer’s paper 1, 4, or 7.
- Respond in the form of a letter to your peer. That means you should follow the generic conventions of a letter. (However, you don’t need to include addresses.) In your writing, please be respectful of your peer. Affirmations and compliments are nice. Try using her/his name once in a while, too.
- In the letter, you should not only answer our most recent question (usually written on the board during class on Thursdays), but also engage your peer’s ideas and writing. Build upon, question, or otherwise address what your peer wrote.
- When responding to the question, you should still make an argument. And you should still be persuasive. However, feel free to write informally, as if you were having a face-to-face conversation with your peer, who is your intended audience. That said, the language and tone of papers 2, 5, and 8 should differ (perhaps significantly) from papers 1, 4, and 7.
- Be sure to use evidence from your peer’s writing, as well as from the films and/or any articles circulated during class/via Twitter. Quote,thoroughly explain a scene/shot, or summarize a debate. Whatever the approach, be sure the source of your evidence is obvious (e.g., “In your paper, you wrote…”), even if you do not use a formal citation system in the letter itself.
- Don’t plagiarize. If you do, then your quarter will most certainly go sour. Way sour.
- Finally, you will be asked to approach the letter through a particular critical “lens.” Be sure to stick to it (to the best of your knowledge). This approach will help you refine your inquiry. (You only have a page, after all.) Together with the question, I will also write this approach on the board. & no worries: we’ll discuss it during class, too.
Please print your paper and submit it at the beginning of class on the day it’s due. Also, see me with any questions or quibbles you have!
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