Traits of Effective Reading Responses

posted Jul 28, 2010 12:22 PM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Aug 19, 2010 11:56 AM ]

The following list articulates my expectations for Reading Responses. Keep in mind that Engagement Assignments (such as Reading Responses) constitute 25% of your total course grade. I've seen many students' grades lowered by a letter or more due to neglected Engagement Assignments.

  • Make certain to account for the complete prompt. If it asks you to include specific information or talk about a particular aspect of the reading, be sure to do that.

  • Provide mostly critical commentary in your Reading Response, not summary. We have all done the reading, so we don't need much summary. Instead, make concrete, specific connections to our previous readings and your own experience inside and outside of class. Then turn your discussion to how this information might be useful in our current project, or otherwise change how you thought about it.

  • Use grammar and structure that is appropriate for a professional context. Sentence-level grammar is important, in part because it gives the response an appropriate ethos. Also, your response should be structured into a complete narrative with a beginning, middle, and end. Don't just collect random thoughts into one large paragraph. As writers, we have to do the work of presenting our material to the reader comprehensibly.

  • Hit the Reading Response word count. Word counts are somewhat arbitrary, but they encourage the kind of sustained engagement necessary for a good post.

  • Post your Reading Response by the deadline. Reading Responses should be posted before class time on the day that they are due.

Welcome to ENG 314-001: Writing and Technology

posted Jul 21, 2010 12:07 PM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Jul 28, 2010 12:29 PM ]

Welcome to ENG 314-001: Writing and Technology with Dr. Jeremy Tirrell. I will put updates and news that you should know on this Announcements page. The course flows through this website. As such, you should take some time to familiarize yourself with it, particularly the Syllabus, Calendar, and Projects sections.

Again, welcome to the course! I hope you find it challenging and rewarding. If you have any questions, feel free to email me through

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Course Information

Writing and Technology
ENG 314-001
MO 204
MWF 9:00-9:50

Jeremy Tirrell
MO 150
MWF 2:00-4:00 (and by appointment)


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