Each response essay should be around 800 words, single-spaced, and should contain three parts: Summary, reflections and discussion/questions. In your essay,

you should first summarize the assigned reading in 200 words. Then, you should explain (i) how the reading is connected/relevant to the current topic/current chapter in

the textbook and (ii) how the topic discussed in the reading is similar to or different from a non-Chinese culture that you know (of) in 400 words. Lastly, you should raise a

critical question or issue you have when reading the reading in 200 words. Response essays receive high grades are those that show not only your understanding to the

class but also your own opinions to the topic.