Reaction Paper

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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 the documentary piece you're 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 a word 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, why * where, who, how, when . . . Specific questions you might take up include: * Was the piece convincing? Why or why not, specifically? Is it well-researched? Why or 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 does the 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 pt., 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

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