Writing Assignment #1
Summary of assignment
Task: The response essay asks you to examine two articles and discuss your reactions to
them. The essay will not incorporate other source material other than the articles to
which you are responding.
Length: 700-1000 words
Sources: two sources, which are the articles to which you are responding
Articles to select from to respond to
In this essay, you will write a personal response to the following pair of articles. Both articles
are available in the e-reserves section of your WRTG 291 class in LEO.
Teller, J. R. (2016). Are we teaching composition all wrong? The Chronicle of Higher
Education, Retrieved from http://www.chronicle.com/
Stewart, E.M. (2016). No, we’re not teaching composition ‘all wrong.’ The
Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://www.chronicle.com/
Please read both articles in preparing to construct your first draft of your response essay. You
might compare what Teller says to what Stewart says, consider your own experiences in writing
classes when reading their arguments, and note areas of agreement, disagreement, or partial
agreement/disagreement you have with either author.
Please incorporate both authors into your response essay. Do not simply respond to one of the
authors. Respond to both Teller and Stewart as a pair of essays.
Point of view
For this essay, feel free to use “I” and “me” (first person point of view) in responding to the
article. While you may have been discouraged from using first-person point of view in previous
classes, please note that this essay is one that allows the use of first-person point of view because
you are responding to an article.
However, you should not write "to the reader" by using the pronoun "you" (second person point
of view) in referring to the reader. For example, instead of “When you read this article, you have
the impression that the author is…” you would write, “When I read this article, I had the
impression that the author was…”
The paper should be formatted in APA style. The video How to format your paper according to
APA style might be helpful to watch. In summary, you should observe the following:
Use one-inch margins.
Use size 12 Times New Roman font.
Include a running head.
Include page numbers.
Include a title page.
Do not include an abstract. This paper is not long enough to warrant an abstract.
Submitting the assignment:
You will submit a first draft of the essay to the assignment folder. The first draft will not be
graded. The instructor will provide comments to it.
After receiving comments from the instructor, you will submit a revised draft. The final draft
will be graded.
Helpful Resources and Websites
Graff, G. and Birkenstein, C., They Say / I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic
Writing with Readings. The chapter in in the e-reserves of our class. It mentions
various techniques to apply in stating what an author said and your response to the
author. It is recommended that you read through that chapter so that you might apply
these techniques to this essay.
Cahill, Kathleen. (1999). Writing a Reaction or Response Essay. LEO: Literacy
Education Online. http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/reaction.html
Writing@CSU. (2012).Writing Effective Summary and Response Essays. Colorado State
University, 1993-2012. http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/teaching/rst/pop5i.cfm
Alberdeston, J. (2009).Guidelines for Effective Response Essays.
McGee, Chris. (2012). Sample Response Essays. Longwood University, Virginia.
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