Reaction or response papers are usually assigned by teachers so that you will carefully consider what you think or feel about some material presented. Assignments may require you to formulate your reaction to your readings, your professors’ lectures, and even to your classmates.
What is reaction writing?
Reaction writing may be
oFormal or informal, but it is
oYour reactions may also include your subjective evaluations oReactions can be about one point or many points in the text
You may be asked to write your reactions in
oyour journal or personal writing,
ofilm or book reviews,
oillustrations of ideas,
ojudgments of theories or concepts.
You will be asked to write your reaction to the material you read in humanities, social sciences or literature courses. Your reaction paper can be written in many ways. However, in this handout you will see how you can write a reaction for your prep English courses.
Reactions require close reading of the text you are reacting to. Read whatever you are asked to respond to and think about the following questions:
oHow do you feel about what you are reading?
oWhat do you agree or disagree with?
oHave you learned or gained anything from reading the material presented? oDid you like it? Why or why not?
oWhat is its purpose?
oIs it informative?
oIs it entertaining?
oIs it accurate?
oDo you recommend it to others?
How to write a reaction
Select one or two points from the following list and write a paragraph for each point.
oReact to the idea or ideas presented
Are they clear and suitable? Compare and contrast with your own ideas on the subject. oDiscuss what you have gained from reading the material
Discuss each insight or fact you have learned from the text, giving examples from the text. oMake a judgment
Did you like or dislike the text? Why? Write about your impressions,...