To write a response or reaction paper, students first need to determine what the thesis statement and focus of the paper is. This can include determining how they feel regarding the initial subject, whether or not they agree with what they read, and what evidence supports the original author's opinion.
Once the thesis statement is determined and written, students should begin to determine what key points their ideas will focus on. This can be done by creating an outline of key points that are being addressed. This outline can be formal, or it can be a rough draft that is expanded on later.
They key points are then used to determine the different topics of the response paper. Ideas should also be developed and expanded on, and students can use different examples or quotes to strengthen their arguments. The topic sentences should all strengthen and support the thesis statement, and any conclusions made should support the thesis.
The text of the response paper does need to include the title of the work that is being responded to as well as the name of the original author. This should be in the first sentence of the paper, while the thesis statement should be the final sentence of the first paragraph.