Writing a Response Essay Writing Level 4

Reading the article • While reading think about the following questions:

1. How do you feel regarding the reading? 2. What do you agree with? 3. What do you disagree with? 4. Can you relate to the situation? 5. How can you evaluate the story?

Pre-Writing

What is a response? • Critique or evaluation of essay • It is YOUR opinions regarding the topic • Use details the author uses as support for your view

• Identifies strengths and/or weaknesses in logic and reasons from the author • May discuss + or – in supporting examples or overall ideas

• Cite facts, examples, and personal experience as your support

Organization • Introduction • Contain all basic information

• First sentence: should give the name of the title and author of what you read.

• Middle sentences gives a brief summary of the reading • Refer to them in the order the author made them

• Final sentence: Thesis statement—do you agree or disagree. • EX: I agree with Author that xxxxxxx for three reasons, 1, 2, and 3.

OR • Although AUTHOR says XXXXXX, I disagree with him/her because 1, 2, and 3.

• Thesis should be focused and transparent. • DOES NOT

• Cite author’s examples or supporting details

Organization, cont • Body • Support for thesis. • One paragraph contains one idea. • Topic sentence supports thesis. • Use details, paraphrases, and quotes from reading to your paragraphs • Structured in two ways

• Author = you OR Author—in contrast to—YOU

• Conclusion • Restate what said in your paper • Can focus on your overall reaction or prediction of effects of what

you’re discussing. • NO NEW INFORMATION

General Outline I. Introduction

I. Author name and title II. Quick Summary III. Thesis

II. Main Point One I. Summary point one from reading

I. (dis)agree—your opinion I. Support with your ideas with examples, experience, facts

III. Main Point Two I. Summary point one from reading

I. (dis)agree—your opinion I. Support with your ideas with examples, experience, facts

IV. Main Point Three I. Summary point one from reading

I. (dis)agree—your opinion I. Support with your ideas with examples, experience, facts

V. Conclusion