Reaction Paper

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.


Thesis: Required

 

The usage of the singular first-person pronouns (I, my, me) is usually allowed in such papers. A reaction paper should include these sections:

I. Introduction:

  1. The author, title, and source of the text.
  2. Brief presentation of the text.
  3. 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:

  1. How is the text related to problems in the present-day world?
  2. How is the text related to your life, experiences, feelings, and ideas? 
  3. Did the text change your perspective/opinion regarding something?
  4. How important are the points discussed in the text? 
  5. Does the text exhibit accuracy/completeness of ideas, appropriateness of
  6. tone/language? 
  7. Were your views challenged anyhow?
  8. Do you agree/disagree with certain points of the text?

IV. Conclusion:

  1. Restatement of the thesis statement.
  2. Main points summarized.

Recommendation to read/not read the text.