|LEO: Literacy Education Online|
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.
Keeping your responses to these questions in mind, follow the following prewriting steps.
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.
|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.|
You can structure your paragraphs in two ways:
More information on strategies for writing conclusions is available.
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This handout was written by Kathleen Cahill and revised for LEO by Judith Kilborn, the Write Place, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN, and may be copied for educational purposes only. If you copy this document, please include our copyright notice and the name of the writer; if you revise it, please add your name to the list of writers.
Updated: 6 April 1999