The Chapter Reactions

• At the top of the page, put a page number, the name which appears on your class nametag, and the words "I have read all of Chapter __," substituting the assigned chapter number for the blank line. Reading the chapter will earn you 5 points. I am trusting you not to submit this sentence unless you have in fact read all of the assigned chapter.

• You may then present up to five numbered comments about the chapter, which can earn you up to 1 point each, for a total of an additional 5 points possible per chapter. Anything you write which summarizes or quotes from the chapter will earn no credit. The assignment is to comment on the material youíve read, not to summarize it. Iíve already read the chapters myself, so I know what they say. What interests me is what you have to say, now that youíve read the material..

• Here are some ideas of what you could write about:

• Did you like the chapter? If so, why? If not, why not?

• Do you see ways in which you could use what you’ve read in your own life?

• Are there things you disagree with?

• Has the chapter left you with unanswered questions?

• Remember, don’t tell me what the chapter says — I’ve read it. Tell me what you think about what the chapter says. Don’t hesitate to use the word "I." You’re not required to like the chapters — although you’re certainly welcome to! The assignment is to tell me what you think about what you’ve read.

• You can find a sample of the formatting for these assignments here.

• As you write your Chapter Reactions, you should keep in mind that these are intended to be college-level homework assignments, not texts to your BFF. These assignments must be word-processed, and your printer must produce an easily readable hard copy. Spelling, grammar, punctuation, and paragraphing all count. Use a 12-point font and leave 1Ē margins at the left and right, top and bottom. No staples or paperclips.

• There is no set length requirement for these assignments. However, know that I rarely give full credit to someone who turns in less than one double-spaced typewritten page (use one side of the page only) or one single-spaced notebook page (front and back) per chapter. Be sure to put your nametag name and a page number at the top of every page, including page 1. Indent the first line of each paragraph. Don't skip an extra line between paragraphs.

• If you want to use a Chapter Reaction as an opportunity to do edible homework, yum! The easiest way to do that is to bring in the "I have read all of Chapter __" statement in edible format, and do the rest of the assignment on paper. (Just to be safe, you should also put the "I have read" statement on the paper, right beneath your name and the page number. No need to put your name and a cake number on the edible part of the homework -- although you may if you'd like to!)

Grading Rubric

• In addition to following the instructions, an A assignment (9-10 points) will also have five or more of the following characteristics:

• Demonstrates that you have fully understood the material

• Shows that you can relate the material to your own experience

• Offers specific numbered comments on five (5) different concepts from the reading

• Avoids summarizing or quoting from the reading

• Is written in clear, understandable English

• Contains few or no errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation

• A B assignment (8-8.5 points) will also have four or more of the following characteristics:

• Demonstrates that you have largely understood the material

• Begins to show that you can relate the material to your own experience

• Offers specific numbered comments on three or four (3-4) different concepts from the reading

• Avoids summarizing or quoting from the reading

• Is written in clear, understandable English

• Contains few errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation

• A C assignment (7-7.5 points) will also have three or more of the following characteristics:

• Demonstrates that you have achieved some understanding of the material

• Offers minimal evidence that you can relate the material to your own experience

• Offers specific numbered comments on two or three (2-3) different concepts from the reading

• Contains some summarizing or quoting from the reading

• Is written in occasionally clumsy or confusing English

• Contains multiple errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation

• A D assignment (6.5 points) will also have two or more of the following characteristics:

• Demonstrates that you have achieved minimal understanding of the material

• Does not offer evidence that you can relate the material to your own experience

• Offers specific numbered comments on only one or two (1-2) different concepts from the reading

• Contains mainly summarizing or quoting from the reading

• Is written in clumsy or confusing English

• Contains many errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation

• An F assignment (5-6 points) will also have any one or more of the following characteristics:

• Does not demonstrate that you have achieved any understanding of the material

• Offers no evidence that you can relate the material to your own experience

• Offers no specific numbered comments on concepts from the reading

• Contains entirely or almost entirely of summarizing or quoting from the reading

• Is not written in college-level English

• Is littered with errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation

• You will receive no credit (0 points) if your assignment has any one or more of the following characteristics:

• Your class name does not appear at the top of the first page

• The first page is not numbered "1."

• The "I have read" statement is incorrect or missing

• The assignment is not submitted by the deadline

Important note: I will throw away unread any pages which don't have your classroom name and a page number at the top of the page. You must put your name and a page number on every page you'd like me to read!

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