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Critical Reaction Paper
The purpose of this assignment is to help you develop your critical thinking through writing. The paper is a short reflection paper that makes a specific argument using one text of your choice. The critical reaction paper is not a summary or personal reflection about the text you choose, rather the focus is on making intertextual connections between your selected text and three additional sources. Be sure to use
Your critical reaction paper should be 4-5-pages long and use MLA formatting (i.e. double-spaced, 12-point font, 1” margins, etc.) Pay special care to cite quotes within the paper according to MLA as well.
Think about the following as you construct your reaction:
- Start with a compelling introduction that includes a strong thesis statement: Your introduction should capture the reader’s attention, and the thesis statement should guide your whole paper.
- Stay on track: Staying on track has to do with organization of your paper. Consider your reader. Know where you are headed and make sure your reader does too. (A good outline will guide your paper, so make one before you begin writing.) Each paragraph should connect back to your guiding thesis statement.
- Maintain clarity: Don’t assume the reader understands the argument you are making. (It’s tempting to write with your professor in mind--who has full knowledge of the readings—as your audience. Resist this—write as though you are explaining yourself to someone who has no prior knowledge of the texts.)
- Offer analysis and support your analysis with evidence from the texts: Make logical connections from your analysis of a point with supporting evidence from the texts, then explain it for the reader. Your analysis should answer the “So what?” question we’ve talked about in class.
- Use quotes sparingly: I want to hear your voice, your analysis, and your explanation. The quotes are included as support, not as the bulk of your paper.
- Conclude your paper with some novel insight into the reading. This doesn’t mean invent something all-together new, it just means that your conclusion should highlight why you think what you wrote is interesting and offers a new (your) perspective to the two works discussed.
- Check (and double check) your MLA formatting and works cited.
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