Reading Summary 7

For your reading and response this week I am having you look at an excerpt from March: Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, a story originally published in 2013 but is set in 1959-60 during the early stages of the Civil Rights movement and lunch counter sit-ins.

You will read March: Book 1 and write (neatly) or type a 1 paragraph summary. Your response should attempt to answer the questions: 

  • For this entire reading and response I want you to reflect upon and answer the questions: what did this kind of approach to protesting really achieve, both long term and short term? Do you find yourself agreeing with their attitude and approach? Why? Feel free to highlight or examine more closely any particular elements or points in the story that you find powerful or connective.

Digital Copy Here: R&R 8-March, Book 1 Excerpt

Essay 4 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.

Sources to Use in Response to Supergods for Essay 4

Sources/Reviews about Supergods

Comics Alliance Article

Wired Article on Supergods

NY Times Review on Supergods

Washington Post Review of Supergods 

AV Club Review of Supergods

NPR Review of Supergods

Official Publisher Page for Supergods

Search terms you can use as well

“are superheroes inspirational”

“superheroes are dangerous”

“do we need superheroes”

You are looking to find, via least two sources, where you can find material that can be added and cited in your RESPONSE section of Essay 4 along with information from the original reading and your own personal experience.

Reading Summary 6

For your reading and response this week I am having you look at  comic book about the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

You will read Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story and write your response might attempt to answer the questions: 

  • What do you think the comic book would have been like if you had read it as an African-America youth in 1956 (remember, this is around the same time white kids would have read “Judgment Day”)?
  • What do you think about the “Montgomery Method” recounted in the back of the comic book? Do you believe this would be worth sharing even today? Why?

Digital Copy Here: R&R 7-MLK-The Montgomery Boycott

Annotating Texts for Summary and Responding

From UNC Chapel Hill Writing Center

Helpful tips

  • Write notes in your own words instead of copying down information from the book.
  • Avoid over-highlighting. Highlighting doesn’t actively engage the brain, so it’s not the most useful strategy. Also, highlighting too much can keep you from focusing on the main ideas.
  • Wait until the end of a page to take notes so that you can better focus on what you are reading and so that you can try to summarize in your own words rather than copy.
  • You don’t need to write pages of notes—keep them brief and focused.
  • Preview the chapter before you start reading by looking at the text features to gain clues about the main ideas of the chapter.
  • Focus on the main ideas and concepts.


When you are asked to read things that prove difficult, what can you do?

  1. Circle unclear words to look up or use context clues to figure out.
  2. Make notes in the margins
  3. Underline passages that appear interesting, relevant, and/or important.
  4. Pose questions to the text of things that you want to know more or better understand.