A reader-response criticism of a text requires you to synthesize the intellectual work of others—that is, to bring together the author’s ideas and your own into an integrated whole. In preparing to write a reader-response criticism, therefore, it is crucial that you allow yourself enough time to digest what you have read and to put the results together into a unified analysis.
After studying reader-response criticism, develop a paper that makes a specific argument addressing one of the prompts below.
You must use at least one, no more than two scholarly, secondary sources. Each source must be properly cited in the text of your paper and in a works cited page. This essay should consist of at least 1000 words (not including the Works Cited page). It is worth 100 pts.
Note on format: Your essay must be typewritten in 12-point Times New Roman font. It should be double-spaced with one-inch margins on all sides and should follow MLA format guidelines. Please use italics and quotation marks correctly.
Important: Your essay must be submitted electronically to Canvas in order for me to grade it. I will not accept any essays that are not submitted to Canvas before the due date.
Grading Rubric – English 103 – Essay #1 Name ______________________________________
2.5 = poor 3 = weak 3.5 = adequate 4 = good 4.5 to 5 = excellent
THESIS: 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5
(+) clearly applies theory to the work; accurately sums up essay; clearly worded statement
(-) theory is not used or is misapplied; does not accurately sum up essay; unclear wording
UNITY: 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5
(+) maintains focus; each paragraph relates to thesis; evidence supports thesis effectively
(-) body paragraphs lack focus; topic sentences or some details do not clearly support thesis statement
COHERENCE: 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5
(+) strong sense of logic; clear transitions; well-integrated quotations
(-) logic needs improvement; confusing transitions; confusing quotations
DEVELOPMENT: 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5
(+) includes enough specific details; achieves sufficient depth of analysis; uses solid evidence
(-) provides insufficient evidence due to lack of quotations, examples, specific details, or analysis
Subtotal __________ x3 = ___________
PERSONA & READABILITY: 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5
(+) creates an engaging voice; uses sentence variety; uses effective diction; clarity of expression
(-) distracting voice; awkward or repetitive sentences; problems with diction; lack of clarity; too conversational
CREATIVITY/ORIGINALITY: 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5
(+) independent thinking; thoughtful comments; original use of language
(-) uncritical thinking; comments limited to received ideas; cliché́ expressions
Editing and Formatting (15 points) ______________________________________________________________________________
GRAMMAR: 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5
(+) error free sentences
(-) comma splices; run-ons; fragments; pronoun problems; modifier problems; improper verb forms
PUNCTUATION/SPELLING/CAPITALIZATION: 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5
(+) correct usage
(-) commas, quotation marks; possessive apostrophes; semicolons; spelling; capitalization
FORMATTING: 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 5
(+) proper heading; correct header; standard margins; proper quotations
(-) heading errors; incorrect header; problems with margins; improper quotations
Paper Points (85) __________ + Writing Process Points (15) __________ = Paper Grade __________
Current progress in course: Excellent Good Fair Poor Current Course Grade __________
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