You will write a 2-3 page formal response to two assigned readings of chapter or article length (short readings of less than 4 pages will not qualify for this assignment). The pre-approved readings are: the three required texts for the course, the optional text, and appropriate length readings from the list of collateral readings in this syllabus. If you have discovered a reading that you believe is appropriate, but not pre-approved, show it to me for possible approval.
The goal of this assignment is for you to articulate a substantive, thoughtful, cogent response to a reading that you find particularly provocative, insightful, and thought-provoking.
About 25% of your essay should be a description of the reading to which
you are responding. The balance of the paper will unfold your thinking
about the ideas in the reading, their relationship to other readings and
class and on-line discussions, and other courses you have taken or are