Purpose: To practice note-taking and annotation skills.
To use critical thinking skills in formulating an articulate response
to a reading.
Assignment: Pick one of the readings--"Mythinformation"
Langdon Winner, "Conspiracy
Thinking and Conspiracy Studying" by A. Spark, or "Chaos Politics" --write
a response to the essay. Here are a series of
questions that you want to think about as you construct your response
to the article:
should not only articulate your response to the essay, but also justify
defending your reasoning. There are no right or wrong responses to the
will be evaluated on how well you understand the material and how
you explain your reactions.
- What is the main point of the essay? What is
the writer's basic point? Can you describe in a few sentences
the chief purpose of the essay is?
- Can you paraphrase the key points that support
the basic argument? Perhaps summarize the general outline of the
- Are you persuaded by the argument of the
Do you think the writer's points are persuasive and clear? Do you
feel there are any problems or shortcomings in the writer's argument?
- What are some of your own reactions to the essay? Do
you agree? Disagree? Why?
Constraints: This journal response should be about 2
word-processed pages. Hand written journals will not be accepted. The
journal should be
presented in MLA format--no
title page is necessary. See the Lunsford handbook,
page 393, for
an example of the MLA format.