Deadline Response paper
Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to give you an opportunity to read and review what others have to say about this author and the book AND to examine what resources are available when using Deadline with young readers. This paper is designed to give you a chance to improve your writing and critical thinking skills.
Assignment: You are expected to EITHER summarize and critique 3 websites related to the author and/or Deadline OR summarize and critique at least 3 reviews of this author and of Deadline. This paper should be 3-4 pages in length and include citations using with APA or MLA. It should include the paper itself and a “Works Cited” page and be stapled together. When writing a summary, please be concise and provide a synthesis of the most critical elements and helpful examples of the sites or the reviews. When providing a critique, please be clear about in what ways reviews seem fair, objective, and constructive to you and which do not…and provide examples of what works and what does not work.
Here are some sample sites:
Chris Crutcher’s Official Website http://www.chriscrutcher.com
Learning About Chris Crutcher http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/professional-development/childlit/crutcher.html from Kay E. Vandergrift’s Learning About the Author and Illustrator
San Mateo High School Author Visit: Chris Crutcher http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHbezR2xusg
Biography of Chris Crutcher from Teen Reads http://www.teenreads.com/authors/au-crutcher-chris.asp
Here are some tips for writing a critique (taken from http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/specific-types-of-writing/book-review )
An analytic or critical review of a book or article is not primarily a summary; rather, it comments on and evaluates the work in the light of specific issues and theoretical concerns in a course. Keep questions like these in mind as you read, make notes, and write the review
1. Does the author, website, or review have an explicit thesis? Do any of these noticeably have an axe to grind? What are the theoretical assumptions? Are they discussed explicitly?
2. What exactly does the work contribute to the overall information about the book and the author?
3. How is this material used to demonstrate and argue the thesis? (As well as indicating the overall structure of the work, your critique could quote or summarize specific passages to show the characteristics of the author’s presentation, including writing style and tone.)
4. Are there alternative ways of arguing from the same material? Does the author show awareness of them? In what respects does the author agree or disagree?
5. What theoretical issues and topics for further discussion does the work raise, and to what degree of effectiveness- how do websites or reviews address these?
6. What are your own reactions and considered opinions regarding the website or reviews?