How to write a response paper in college?

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What does writing a Response Paper involve?
 Critical Reading
Indentifying the ideas, organization, and purpose of the text .
Critical thinking
Analyzing and evaluating the text and ideas.
Reacting in Writing
Summarizing the text’s key ideas. Stating your opinion about a particular part of the text. Supporting your opinion with appropriate details, quotations, and explanations.

A response paper is a way to express what you think about a piece of writing in an organized way, it includes:

  • evidence that you have understand what the text says and does;
  • your reaction to the writer’s ideas;
  • your evaluation of the text’s strengths and weaknesses.

Steps to writing a good response paper
1-Look for answers to the following questions as you read the first time .
What is the topic and the main problem or issue that the author is addressing?
What is the author’s central claim, argument, or point?
What assumptions does the author make?
What evidence does the author present?

2-Jot down your ideas and answers to the following question as you read the second time.
How to feel about what is being said?
Is the author’s claim supported sufficiently?
Do I agree or disagree with the author?
What are possible counterarguments to the text’s claims?

3-Write a draft of the summary of the text.
Paraphrase :
the author’s thesis;
main supporting ideas;
important details(only).

4-Write your opinion about or reaction to the text.

5-Share your ideas about the text/discuss the article .

6-Write the first draft of the response/reaction paper.

Paraphrasing methods:
change the vocabulary (use synonyms and synonymous phrase);
Orifinal:She understood the difficulties and the students appreciated it. The rest of the faculty neglected to recognize the teacher’s dedication to the students.
Paraphrase:She comprehended the problems…
change the verb forms (active to passive and vice versa);
Original: She understood the difficulties and the students appreciated it. The rest of the faculty neglected to recognize the teacher’s dedication to the students.
Paraphrase: The problems were understood by teacher and…

Начало формыКонец формыchange the word class (verb to noun phrase, adjective to verb phrase,ect.);
synthesize piece of information (ideas,opinions,etc.).

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