writing a Response Assignment discussing the ideas in “Cultivate Positive Identities,” a chapter written by Laura M. Roberts in Jane E. Dutton and Gretchan M. Spreitzer’s book. How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact. The paper must accurately paraphrase and present the ideas you’ll select to put down about, but it must discuss your personal responses to those ideas.
Begin with the bibliographic entry. (To let the reader know about the source (the writer, chapter/article, and book), begin the Response with a bibliographic entry. The common format for this information is as follows:
“Title of the Chapter/Article.” Author’s name. Book Title. Author(s). Place of Publication: Publisher, date of publication. Number of pages.
An introduction or an opening paragraph that is a restatement of the central idea and the author’s purpose in the chapter/article or the authors’ purpose in the book, followed by your evaluation. As well, the opening should be interesting and engaging to the reader. If the chapter raises some questions that you will explore later, you may very briefly outline them here but avoid listing. That is, this brief opening paragraph lets the reader know what direction your discussion will take, so state your evaluation. In the remaining section of the Response, you are free to select four ideas for your
Use present tense in referring to the author and the reading—for example, “the author states” instead of “the author stated;” “the chapter contains” instead of “the chapter contained.”