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This guide is simply intended to be a quick and easy reference and is by no means definitive. The requirements are for this specific class. NOTE: DETAILS AND INSTRUCTIONS ON SYLLABUS SUPERSEDE THE MORE GENERAL INFORMATION IN THIS QUICK REFERENCE. FOLLOW SPECIFIC TOPIC AND REQUIREMENTS ON SYLLABUS.
A Reaction/Response Paper is a writing assignment where you express your personal thoughts, interpretation, and evaluation of a topic (this will become your thesis statement), while always making reference to the text. It is not a research paper and investigation beyond the text is not necessary.
Questions you might ask yourself:
How do I feel about the topic?
Do I agree with the authors conclusion based on his or her facts?
Could there have been another interpretation?
How has this reading impacted my view of the topic?
Did I realize something that was unknown to me before?
Did the reading simply reinforce ideas and beliefs I already had about the topic?
Did I in anyway identify with the reading?
In discussing your reaction or response, it is important to make references to the facts presented in the text. For example, if you disagree with the point of view of the author, please make references to the specific facts you disagree with and back up your claims with arguments, examples, or reference to other readings. The intent of the paper is for you to understand your reaction and response to the reading and express it in a logical and compelling manner and at the same time add to your writing and critical thinking skills.
Tips on Reaction/Response Papers:
1. Always think of yourself as a newspaper or magazine writer who is writing for the general public (not for the professor or the class) who does not have the background on the subject. When you mention a concept, you need to explain it. When you state something is good or bad you must show proof. Always think of the reader as asking “what does that phrase mean?” Who is that person? What year is the writer taking about?
2. Never just refer to “the text” without naming it (remember the general public does not know what text you used).
3. Review the Response/Reaction Quick Reference (this document) which explains more about this type of paper including Introduction tells what you will be discussing, Body discusses it, and Conclusion wraps it up. Never put anything brand new into a conclusion that is just a wrap up place and if you have a good ending sentence (with punch) thats great.
Paper Format:
Paper must be written using either APA Style or MLA Style. Please refer to the Quick Reference Guides on these styles posted on Modules in Canvas.
Introductory Paragraph:
In first paragraph, must identify the name of the chapter, the text, author and year of publication
Very brief summary of the reading which is an introduction
Body of the Paper:
Discuss the reading and your response/reaction to it making references to the facts. If disputing the facts or the conclusions, you must give solid reasons for doing so.
Always be accurate with the titles and authors. If you use any quotes from the text book, you may use parenthetical citation with just the page number in parentheses. If you quote from another book, then you must put the author and page number in parentheses. All sources quoted from must also appear in the References (APA Style) or Works Cited (MLA Style). Make sure each paragraph flows from the paragraph before it with good transitions.
Concluding Paragraph:
This is a wrap up of what you were discussing.
Add no new information.

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