How should you start a reaction paper?


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A reaction paper should begin with an introductory paragraph that refers to the name and author of the work the writer is responding, gives the writer's initial reaction, summarizes what the work is about (such as a theme it addresses) and then concludes with the thesis statement. The thesis statement should be related to the writer's opinion on the work and be able to be supported with details from the work.

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After writing the introduction, the writer should do the following:

  1. Write the body
  2. Write body paragraphs that give examples from the work to support the reaction, typically using one paragraph per reaction. Within these paragraphs, the writer should include whether he or she agrees or disagrees with the examples.

  3. Add a conclusion
  4. Finally, the writer should include a conclusion that restates the main idea or thesis and then sums up the reaction and the supporting examples used in the body of the essay.

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