Definition: A piece of writing that requires focusing on a certain text. It might be necessary to show the
connections between some texts, evaluate the authors’ ideas, or analyze the way the author makes his/her
point. The usage of the singular first-person pronouns (I, my, me) is usually allowed in such papers.
The usage of the singular first-person pronouns (I, my, me) is usually allowed in such papers. A reaction paper should include these sections:
- The author, title, and source of the text.
- Brief presentation of the text.
- Thesis statement including own reaction/response to the text.
II. Summary of the text (1-2 paragraphs max.; optional).
III. Body: Several body paragraphs each supporting a thesis statement and containing one CLAIM regarding the response/reaction to the paper. The claims are supported with evidence from the own experience or the text under consideration. Questions that might be answered in the body are:
- How is the text related to problems in the present-day world?
- How is the text related to your life, experiences, feelings, and ideas?
- Did the text change your perspective/opinion regarding something?
- How important are the points discussed in the text?
- Does the text exhibit accuracy/completeness of ideas, appropriateness of
- Were your views challenged anyhow?
- Do you agree/disagree with certain points of the text?
- Restatement of the thesis statement.
- Main points summarized.
Recommendation to read/not read the text.