How to Make Reaction Paper

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1. GUIDE TO WRITING A REACTION PAPER

I. SUMMARY/SYNOPSIS – What are you reacting to?
GOAL: Show that you understand the opinion, main ideas, and supporting ideas in thedocumentary piece youre writing about.Identify all of the basic information about the piece, including: • The title of the piece

• The topic or subject of the piece. In other words, tell what the piece is about in aword or a phrase.

II. ANALYSIS/EVALUATION – What are the strengths and weaknesses of the piece? 1. Answer the "w" questions, like why, why not, what, what if, what for, where, whythere, who, how, when . . . Specific questions you might take up include: • Was the piece convincing? Why or why not, specifically? Is it well-researched? Whyor why not? • Did the piece overlook or leave out anything important? What? • Did the piece overemphasize or overprivilege anything? What? • Is the piece one-sided, or does the piece present a balanced view?

III. YOUR REACTIONS – How do you react to the piece on a personal level? How doesthe piece relate to your experience? GOAL: Share your own impressions and your own experiences with readers.Here are some questions you might consider answering: • Did the piece hold your interest? Why or why not?

• Did the piece bother or annoy you? Why or why not? • What did you realize as a result of watching the piece? • What questions does the piece raise for you – about the material, about other things? Reaction Paper Format ( The reaction paper should be at least 500 words. This will be equivalent to typing on one whole page of short bond paper, Times New Roman 12 pts., single-spaced lines. All margins should be set at 1 inch. ( The paper should identify the key points highlighted in the piece and then focus on your personal perspective on issues raised through the piece. In addition to your personal perspective, you should identify experiences or insights that have shaped your perspective.

Key points about action research

1. Action research is an approach to improving education by changing it and learning from the consequences of changes. 2. Action research is participatory. It is the research through which people work towards the improvement of their own practices. 3. Action research develops through the self-reflective spiral which includes cycles of planning, acting(implementing,observing, reflecting, replanning, reacting, reobserving and so on. One good way to begin an action research project is to collect some initial data in an area of general interest , then to reflect , and then to make a plan for the changed action. Another way to begin is to make an exploratory change, collect data of what happens, reflect and then build more refined plans for action. In both cases, issues and understandings, on the one hand, and the practices themselves on the other, develop and evolve through the action research process. However, it would make better sense if we start with issues that affect us in carrying out our professional responsibilities. 4. Action research is collaborative. It involves all those responsible for an action, widening the collaborating group from those directly involved to as many as possible of those affected by the practices concerned. 5. AR establishes self-critical communities of people participating and collaborating in all phases of the research process: planning, action, observation and reflection. It aims to build communities of people committed to enlightening themselves about the interrelationship of circumstance, action and consequences of the action in their situation . 6. Action research is a systematic learning process in which people act deliberately. It is a process of using critical intelligence to reflect over one's own action, and developing it so that it becomes a crucial and a committed...
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