Paper instructions: reading response for the article “I Just Wanna Be Average” by MIKE ROSE
Your response should be entitled as follows: Reading Response, “Name of Article”. In your first paragraph, include, again, the title of the article and the author. Use his or her complete name. After you have given the author’s name, be sure to refer to him or her by their last name in the rest of your response. In this first paragraph, give a brief summary of the article, telling what you think is the author’s main point, or at least the most important point, and briefly tell how the author has gone about explaining his or her point. By ‘point’, I mean his or her opinion, or, if you don’t consider it opinion, his or her main point of fact. In any event, don’t spend the entire response saying what the author has said.
The rest of your response should consist of YOUR thoughts and feelings about the article and the author’s ideas. You can do this by indicating your own experiences as a way of agreeing or disagreeing with the author, or you can base your ideas on other things you have read or that you have learned about. Try to find some way of connecting with the piece, whether experientially or academically.
Please refrain from criticizing an article as boring or making other value judgements, just because you disagree with the ideas or because you don’t understand what is being said. Your misunderstanding and boredom or not the fault of the writer. Remember that even if the writer has expressed an opinion that bothers you, it’s still that writer’s right to do so, and, as you may know, getting a college education means coming into contact with ideas that are new (or even contrary) to you. So, enjoy the challenge of being able to respond to the material that you read.