Reading Journals

These are due to me on Wednesday, and I know many of you forgot to work on them, so here is the link to ALL EIGHT of the potential entries. You need to go in and pick THREE to submit to me on Wednesday.


Essay 3 – Peer Review


  1. A clear thesis with a clear position either agreeing, disagreeing, or both.

  2. Clear sub-headings

  3. 2-3 paragraph summary of the original text by Grant Morrison

  4. 1-2 properly introduced, integrated, cited, and explained quotations in the Summary

  5. Response section beginning with personal restatement of your thesis

  6. Lead in with personal reasoning for position

  7. Examination and explanation of the reasoning using original text and at least 2 external sources (cited and explained)

  8. A conclusion

  9. A clear works cited page.

Guidelines for Writing Your Summary

Step 1: Read and make notes about the article reading.

Step 2: Use those notes to write up a summary of the reading.

Step 3: Integrate 1-2 quotations and cite them in your summary.

-Summaries should be 2-3 paragraphs in length.

-If you write 2 paragraphs, you need 1 quotations, if you write 3 paragraphs, provide me with 2 quotations.

These are due on Wednesday in class.

Article: essay-4-readings-introduction-to-supergods

Annotating Readings for Understanding

What is Annotating?

“Annotating is any action that deliberately interacts with a text to enhance the reader’s understanding of, recall of, and reaction to the text. Sometimes called “close reading,” annotating usually involves highlighting or underlining key pieces of text and making notes in the margins of the text.” (“Reading and Studying Strategies”)

This can also ask you to circle words you do not understand and then look them up to help you better comprehend what you are reading.

Annotating a Text

Introduction and Thesis to Response Essay

Our modern world is filled with superhero movies. Superheroes have become an important part of the world around us. However, are superheroes just entertainment or more? In his book, Supergods, Grant Morrison makes the argument that superheroes have a power we may not actually realize is there. Morrison, in the introduction to Supergods is ______________ because _______________________________.

You need to fill in the blanks:

  1. Deciding whether you agree, disagree, or both

  2. Reasons why you have the position of agreement, disagreement, or both.


Essay 3 – Thesis and Introduction Exercise