Response essay on two writing articles

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  • 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
  • Format:APA
  • 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/

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Writing Assignment #1 Response Essay 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 Format: APA 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…” APA Style 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. Double space. 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. http://upraenglishhonors.blogspot.com/2009/09/guidelines-for-effective-response.html • McGee, Chris. (2012). Sample Response Essays. Longwood University, Virginia. http://www.longwood.edu/staff/mcgeecw/sampleresponsepapers.htm ...
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The two articles published in the Chronicle of Higher education have an entirely different
perspective on teaching composition. In his article, Teller (2016) maintains that his student
cannot write a single clear sentence even when their life depends on it. He seems to take the
frustrations towards his job as a tutor, and rant about his student’s lack of attention, seriousness,
and the ability to comprehend the writing basics. He claims, ‘students do not revise’ and no
substantial revision happens throughout a course. Despite his effort to encourage the student to
revise, he does not see any improvement in the student writing skills. He laments that “weak
drafts remain weak, and the stronger draft (only) gets slightly stronger." (Teller 2016). In his
article, Steward (2016) seems to contradict Teller's statement. He claims that teachers are to
blame for the student's lack of writing skills. Instead of bashing them, Teller understands that as
an instructor, his main role is to ...

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