Reader Response Assignment: James Baldwin

Reading and Responding to James Baldwin's "Notes of a Native Son"


Please read James Baldwin's essay "Notes of a Native Son," which you will find in our course packet.  After reading the essay, please write a two page Personal Response Essay.  In a Personal Response Essay, you develop one of your own thoughts in reaction to what you have read.  Your response may focus on how your own experiences relate or do not relate to the essay, what you liked or disliked about either the content of the essay or the style in which it was written, or what connections--either to other texts or important events--the essay made you consider.  I know this is a very open-ended assignment.  It is meant to be. 

Make sure that the essay is in MLA format, meaning you will use a 12-point font, and the essay will be double spaced with one inch margins.  Please use paragraphs in this essay and try your best to make this piece a focused interpretation of Baldwin's essay based on your personal response to it.  We will be discussing Baldwin's essay and your response essays and any and all questions you have about either during our next class.