The purpose of the reading response paper is to demonstrate your understanding of the main takeaways of a reading assignment. In your response, you must write about content from Week 1 and analyze it relates to our course themes. The best write-ups combine a short summary of one assigned reading and connect it to two other course readings/films/podcasts from this week or past weeks.
Do not use ourside resources, only use course readings.
The response paper should consist of two paragraphs.
- The first paragraph should be a brief summary of the main argument of the reading. It should answer such questions as: What is the author’s argument? With what evidence does the author support their argument (methods)? Which individuals/groups, geographic region(s), issue(s) does the reading focus on? How does the reading change or complicate how we understand a particular issue? What broader conversations in anthropology is this reading responding to? (You do not need to answer all of these questions, but you should use them as guidelines.)
- The second paragraph should focus on your reflections upon the reading. What did you find particularly striking or important in the reading? How does it relate to other readings/films/podcasts that we have engaged in this course? What specific overlaps or contradictions did you notice?