“Old Bones and Beautiful Words.”

Religion in Latin America – Reading Response Guidelines


–Response Essays:

                        –should be typed, 1 page, single-spaced

                        –submit via Blackboard

                        –see syllabus for due dates


What is a Response Essay?

·      your response to a key concept in the week’s reading, something that you find particularly compelling or fascinating

·      if multiple articles in a given week, don’t try addressing all of them


·      identify the reading upon which you’re commenting (author/title)


·      explore and comment in detail on one piece, one article, one chapter, a set of key passages in the book, etc.

o   demonstrate that you’ve read the article/book carefully, by including specific details/examples from the work


·      relate the text you’ve chosen to:

o   concepts introduced in lecture or discussed in class

o   another reading or excerpt from our Religions class

o   a film shown in class

o   an example from outside of class:

§  a news article

§  a podcast or piece you heard on the radio

§  a current event,

§  a feature film or television episode

§  a religious service, ceremony, or performance you have attended

§  material learned in one of your other classes


Evaluation and other considerations:

·      each response essay is worth 20 points; lowest score (or one missed essay) dropped

·      employ formal, academic tone

·      it’s ok to use the first-person pronoun; you’re voicing your own thoughts


·      response essays are not a summary or abstract of the reading

·      however, this is still a formal essay:

o   it should reveal a close reading of the material (e.g., examples from the text/piece + your scholarly analysis)

o   it should be informed, well-reasoned, and analytical in tone


·      Your response essay must pertain to / explore one of the readings from the week in which you’re submitting your essay

Reading Response 2:
Your second response essay should address Dot Tuer’s "Old Bones and Beautiful Words."
Write a 1-page, single-spaced response to something that struck you as interesting, compelling, puzzling, inspiring, etc. in this piece.
Don’t go over 1 page – strive for clarity and economy in your prose. 
Submit your answer as a WORD document. 
please read the instructions well nothing can be copied from the internet

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