Reading Response Paper
Your reading response paper is due on Saturday, June 5th.
Topic: Week 5: African American religions: enforcement and resistance
– (read) Selections from Albert J. Raboteau, Slave Religion: The â€œInvisible Institutionâ€ in the
Antebellum South —
– Watch: – Martin Luther King, â€œIâ€™ve Been to the Mountain Topâ€
– In 750-1000 words double-spaced, briefly summarize and describe the assigned reading. (this summary should be in your introduction paragraph/one paragraph max).
– Reflect on and analyze some part/parts of the reading. This can be part of the reading that most interested you, confused you, etc. Make sure to explain what the section(s) of the reading youâ€™ve chosen reflects about the reading overall.
– Make an argument that explains: a) why youâ€™re writing about the part(s) of the reading youâ€™ve chosen, b) how youâ€™re analyzing or making sense of what youâ€™ve read, and c) why you agree, partially agree, or disagree with the author.
– Your thesis statement (main argument) should be in towards the end of your first paragraph and should be approximately 1-2 sentences. Put your thesis statement in bold.
– Note that this should NOT be a compare and contrast paper. However, it is appropriate and encouraged to make connections to the lectures and other course readings when applicable, as long as your paper clearly focuses on one reading.
– Use at least three key terms/or concepts from class/or the readings in your response. Put these terms in bold.
– Please format these reflections so that your argument is clear to the reader.
– Grading: These assignments are graded out of 30 points. A top grade will reflect solid
understanding of the material; the ability to state the authorâ€™s ideas in your own words; a clear
analysis of the reading; a compelling argument based on this analysis; relevant connections to the course; and no grammar or spelling mistakes that impair comprehension.
– Papers that go over or under the word count are subject to grade penalties. Headings, titles, citations, etc. donâ€™t count towards your length. A works cited page or bibliography is not required; do not use outside sources. Consult your TA with any questions.
NOTE: Week 5 materials attached here: