new york times 12 W r i t i n g

new york times 12 W r i t i n g

Two entries, each entry write at least 200 words.


Once again, the purpose of the Reading Response is to engage intellectually and personally with the topics presented in each assigned reading. You will need to use your skills at analysis, critical thinking and creatively drawing connections between the readings’ specific content and your own thoughts, observations, impressions, experiences, studies, etc.

Your task is two-part: first read each entry, and then writing a 200-300 word response based on your personal interpretations of its content (Note: the word count should not include in-text citations if you use them – the body of your writing should be counted and noted on the assignment template for each entry). Every week there will be two entries to read and two responses to write. Some weeks an entry may be multi-part, asking you to read and view several interrelated links. Please ensure you look at ALL material linked and make sure it’s clear in your written response that you have done so. I strongly recommendtaking notes, making annotations, and marking passages that stand out to you and feel significant to respond to. Jot down your thoughts, questions, criticisms, “aha” moments, things that surprise, challenge or excite you, etc. as you are reading.

Do not summary the reading only. Need to add personal reflection.

Here are some sample prompts if you could use help focusing your interpretation:

  • What are your overall impressions of the reading, and what particular passages or details stood out to you most? WHY???
  • In what specific ways does the content of the reading challenge/expand/complicate/frustrate your understandings about art and how art functions in the world? Cite specific passages in the reading to support your thoughts.
  • How do your personal experiences or background relate to the content of the reading? Where do you see yourself or your own experiences reflected or not reflected in the material? Be specific and explain these connections or disconnections as clearly as possible.
  • How does the reading as a whole and specific parts of the reading make you FEEL? Explain why and cite specific passages in the reading to support your reactions.
  • What questions do you have about the reading? What passages or ideas challenged you? WHY???
  • What are you critical or skeptical about in the reading? WHY? Be specific!

The sky is the limit with how you respond to the readings! I’ve made these instructions purposefully open so that you can each come to the interpretive process from your own standpoints and experiences.

Your Task – Week 6:

Please download and use the Reading Response Template (see attached file) to format your responses.


Title: “A Training Ground for Untrained Artists,” (Links to an external site.) New York Times 12/15/2015

Author: Nathaniel Rich

**NOTE: If you have trouble accessing the NYTimes article online you can download this pdf (see attached file) (it’s a bit oddly formatted, but it will work).


Title: “A Foot in the Door,” Introduction to How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook of Change (pp. 1-20)

Author: Allan deSouza