Everist, Norma Cook. The Church As Learning Community: A Comprehensive Guide to Christian Education..
READING RESPONSE PAPER CRITERIA – Revised
Please adhere to the following guidelines for this Reading Response Paper for:
Everist, Norma Cook. The Church As Learning Community: A Comprehensive Guide to Christian Education. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2002).
Please read Chapters: 1, 2 and 6 and complete
1. Analyze – (a critical assessment)
a. Do a specific critique of two or more concepts in the assigned readings. Things to consider: Are the concepts relevant – Why/why not? Are the concepts manageable, realistic – Why/why not? Which concepts of the assigned reading resonate with you -Why/why not? Which concepts of the assigned reading do not resonate with you -Why/why not?
b. What ministry is it applicable to?
c. Remember to analyze the concepts, not just agree/disagree with them. Question the concepts.
2. Application – (practical use)
a. Discuss how the concepts are being/can be used in your congregation or small group ministry.
3. I do not want the following:
a. A book report – It is unnecessary to report the contents of the book-I’ve already read it.
b. A book comparison – Since this is a short response paper please focus on the assigned reading and not on any other book that might be similar or dissimilar.
c. Using concepts from the chapter to analyze your chosen concept. (In other words, do not use the author’s words to analyze your chosen concept(s).
4. Use 12pt font and double space.
5. No cover page required. Only put your name in the upper right-hand corner of the page.
6. Pay attention to sentence structure, spelling, and grammar.
7. The length of the paper should be 2 pages – maximum 2 1/3 pages.
NOTE – YOUR PAPER DOES NOT HAVE TO COVER EACH ASSIGNED CHAPTER. CHOOSE CONCEPTS FROM EACH ASSIGNED READING THAT PIQUE YOUR INTEREST.
READING RESPONSE CODES
#1 – Analyze – Is it relevant? Necessary? Realistic? Why/Why not? Do you agree or disagree with the author? Why/Why not?
#2 – Spelling/grammar/punctuation errors.
#3 – Sentence Structure
#4 – Don’t use other concepts from the book to analyze concepts.
#5 – Include application of concepts in your ministry context. Use the same concepts in analyzing and applying.
#6 – Don’t make up concepts.