Reaction or response essays are generally asked by lecturers so that a student studies carefully what they think or feel about something they’ve read. In a reaction or response paper, writers reply to one or more essays they have read. Such essays involve students to interpret each text independently and gauge how well each completes its own purpose. While reading the paper, think about the following questions:
- How do you feel about the paper you are reading?
- What do you agree or disagree with?
- Can you ascertain the situation?
- What would be the best way to value the story?
If a student is responding to numerous writings, one must also learn how the writings communicate to one another. A reaction paper may consist of a conversation of motivating queries that the readings rise for the student.
Response or Reaction Essay ThesisBack to Top
A response paper is an advantage a chance to convey in writing authors personal perspective, standpoint, and personal knowledge as they associate definitely to the essay, script, book, article, paper etc. in interrogation and the notions and ideals included therein. Writing good response papers are more challenging than it might seem at first. It is not merely a matter of interpreting or reading the text, understanding it, and voicing an opinion about it. A student allows them not just adequate time to do the analysis but enough to contemplate what is read and put the outcomes together into a combined chronicle.
A good response essay will wisely make a hook between the subject and own experience. One must allow ample time to be definite about what each text says and how the texts relate to one another. A response paper is anticipated to be a reframing experience. Response papers need you to create the logical work of others that is, bring it composed into an integrated whole. In preparing to write response papers, the text, the object alone, has no significance; it is given meaning by the reader. In other words, a response paper is not planned to be an ability test, a book review, or a revising of the content or story.
A response paper is an honest letter to the writer, a discussion, a dialogue with work, a conversation, a strong idea, the person behind the artifact. It is a personal testimonial of one's epistemology, of one's personal experience. It is informal, apparent, uncensored. Therefore, the reader is acquainted with the book, and is interested in knowing how deeply the thoughts about concepts, values, belief and attitudes exist at the heart of the work.
Response Essay OutlineBack to Top
A response essay:
Your opinion will be one or more of the following:
- Agreement/disagreement with the ideas in the paper
- Feedback to how the thoughts in the paper relate to your personal experience
- Response to how concepts in the text describe additional things you've read
- Your examination of the author and audience
- Your assessment of how the paper tries to influence the reader and if it is effective
To give a good response essay it is necessary to depict strong peers between the analyzed work and individual experience. All the comments given in a response essay must be proved by actual proof presented in the work avoiding the discovery of new unjustifiable views on the examined work. This will make the essay retain a very reasonable creation and follow the thought of the writer. The author should always contemplate the ideas, which were initially the base for the evaluated work.
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When reading a paper, keep in mind that every novelist writes to make a point, to endorse a position, a set of certain beliefs or values. The first duty in a response paper is to tell the reader what you think these are. Not only does this convey to readers that you have read the book but how well you have studied its content. Your second duty it to mirror on the point, situations, and standards you have credited to the work. Whatever you learn in imitating on the author's point and how it shares your own position and standards becomes the raw material for speaking the next duty of the response paper.
The main emphasis of the introduction is the thesis statement. It is normally made through the use of the work to the personal experience of the author causing a special perception. The introduction should include a brief, concise and focused thesis which is the focused statement of your reaction/response. Give information about the subject and also concisely review the article you are replying to. In any introductions, you want to:
- Get the reader’s attention.
- Describe your topic.
- Give your thesis.
The following statements could be used in a reaction/response paper.
- I think that
- I see that
- I feel that
- The reader can conclude that
- The author seems to
- My favorite part was...because
- It was clear that the artist was trying to
- I did not like
- The images seemed to
- I didn't get the connection between
- I was especially moved by
- The author was [was not] successful in making me feel
- It seems that
- In my opinion
- A good quote is
- In addition
- For example
- In conclusion
The body should contain paragraphs that provide support for your thesis. The body investigates and evaluates all the facets of the work existing in the essay and the novelist’s main reply to these features. It is optional to focus on a few features to make the essay more extensive and motivated. There are certain methods aimed to reveal the importance of the work to the writer’s personal experience.State the evidence and support your thesis.
The author’s responses to the following techniques are:
- Metaphor etc.
The concluding paragraph offers suggestion, which wires the author’s response to the considered work. It must inspire and impact the reader that real features of the work explain this response. A summary is a brief summary of all the main ideas in an essay. It cites the writer and the title it contains the paper's thesis and supportive ideas; it may use straight citation of powerful or succinct statements of the author's ideas; it will NOT generally quote the author's instances or secondary particulars unless they are essential to the main idea.
Examples of Response Essay TopicsBack to Top
Example topics of Response Essay
New Theories in Business Environments
The Movie I Can Watch Over and Over
Responses to Documentaries
The Article That Changed My Philosophy
The Fashion Tendencies of Fall 2015
The New Album of My Favorite Band
The Dos and Don'ts of Response PapersBack to Top
A response is a critique or valuation of the author's essay. It is composed of your ideas in kin to the object being abridged. It inspects ideas that you agree or disagree with and classifies the essay's strengths and weaknesses in reasoning and logic, in value of associate examples, and in organization and style. A good answer is convincing; therefore, it should cite evidences, examples, and individual experience that also disproves or ropes the article you're responding to, depending on your stand.
|Analyze the thematic and figurative |
meaning of instances in the story
|Don’t only review and summarize plot|
| Describe how a character was unpleasant, |
how reading is affected, and why that may or may not have been the writer's resolute
|Don’t Say you didn't like a character|
|Use precise examples from quotes or texts||Don’t simplify and provide vague reasons behind your text analysis|
|Think acutely, and look fully into the work. Notice things that a fluky reader would not.||Do not make superficial, obvious insights, poor thesis|
|Build off ideas stated in class, adding your own opinions and vision to the conversation.||Do not simply repeat ideas mentioned in class by the instructor or by other students.|
Responding Essay IdeasBack to Top
Six different ways to respond to an essay:Six different ways to respond to an essay:
- You can agree with the article and clarify two or more reasons why you agree.
- You can disagree with the article and explain two or more reasons why.
- You can agree with some section of the article and disagree with other parts and explain why.
- You can evaluate the rhetorical situation instance, purpose, audience, and situation of the article and explain why the author’s personal experience causes them to write this piece.
- You can take one part of the essay, agreeing or disagreeing with it, and beef up on that idea, giving reasons to agree with you.
- You can explicate your reaction to the article and then explore how the writer’s style, tone, word choice, and instances made you feel that way.
Response Essay ExampleBack to Top
Mentioned below are Response Essay Topics
- Responses to Documentaries
- The Movie I Can Watch Over and Over
- The Fashion Tendencies of Fall 2015
- The Article That Changed My Philosophy
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Writing a Reaction or Response Essay
Reaction or response papers are usually requested by teachers so that you'll consider carefully what you think or feel about something you've read. The following guidelines are intended to be used for reacting to a reading although they could easily be used for reactions to films too. Read whatever you've been asked to respond to, and while reading, think about the following questions.
- How do you feel about what you are reading?
- What do you agree or disagree with?
- Can you identify with the situation?
- What would be the best way to evaluate the story?
Keeping your responses to these questions in mind, follow the following prewriting steps.
Prewriting for Your Reaction PaperThe following statements could be used in a reaction/response paper. Complete as many statements as possible, from the list below, about what you just read.
I think that
I see that
I feel that
It seems that
In my opinion,
A good quote is
What you've done in completing these statements is written a very rough reaction/response paper. Now it needs to be organized. Move ahead to the next section.
Organizing Your Reaction PaperA reaction/response paper has an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.
- The introduction should contain all the basic information in one or two paragraphs.
Sentence 1: This sentence should give the title, author, and publication you read.
Sentence 2, 3, and sometimes 4:
These sentences give a brief summary of what you read (nutshell) Sentence 5: This sentence is your thesis statement. You agree, disagree, identify, or evaluate.
- Your introduction should include a concise, one sentence, focused thesis. This is the focused statement of your reaction/response. More information on thesis statements is available.
- The body should contain paragraphs that provide support for your thesis. Each paragraph should contain one idea. Topic sentences should support the thesis, and the final sentence of each paragraph should lead into the next paragraph.
Topic Sentence detail -- example --quotation --detail -- example -- quotation -- detail -- example -- quotation -- detail -- example --quotation Summary Sentence
You can structure your paragraphs in two ways:
OR Author in contrast to You
- The conclusion can be a restatement of what you said in your paper. It also be a comment which focuses your overall reaction. Finally, it can be a prediction of the effects of what you're reacting to. Note: your conclusion should include no new information.
More information on strategies for writing conclusions is available.
SummaryIn summary, this handout has covered prewriting and organizing strategies for reaction/response papers.
- Read the article and jot down ideas.
- How do you feel about what was said?
- Do you agree or disagree with the author?
- Have you had any applicable experience?
- Have you read or heard anything that applies to this what the writer said in the article or book?
- Does the evidence in the article support the statements the writer made?
- Write the thesis statement first.
- Decide on the key points that will focus your ideas. These will be your topic sentences.
- Develop your ideas by adding examples, quotations, and details to your paragraphs.
- Make sure the last sentence of each paragraph leads into the next paragraph.
- Check your thesis and make sure the topic sentence of each paragraph supports it.
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Updated: 6 April 1999