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ENG 101: Reaction Essay Assignment Sheet
GENRE: Reaction
OVERVIEW: “College writing requires you to
become a critical reader—questioning and conversing
with the texts you read. When you read critically, you read with an open, curious mind to understand both
what is said and why. And when you write critically, you respond to a text with thoughtful questions and
insights, offering your judgment of how the parts of a text contribute to its overall effect” (Hacker &
Sommers, p. 57).
“. . . summary most often answers the question of what a text says, a [reaction] looks at how a text
conveys its main idea. As you read, . . . you are forming a judgement of it. [Once] you briefly a
summarized [the assigned reading(s), you can then react to the text (Hacker & Sommers, p. 64).
“A [reaction] involves breaking a [text] down into its various parts and then reflecting on how the parts do
or don’t work together” (Greene & Lidinsky, p. 41). [Reaction] “is a process of continually asking
questions and looking for answers. [It] is an unwillingness to settle for obvious answers in the quest to
understand why things are the way they are and how they might be different” (Greene & Lidinsky, p. 4).
DEFINITION: The reaction essay builds on the summary and trains students in the art and skill of both
the review and critique. The reaction essay is based on a writer’s mature and honest reaction to a text,
image, or video; therefore, writers are expected to respond in a mature and honest manner. The reaction
should be both thoughtful and scholarly.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT FAILURE TO READ INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY AND FOLLOW GUIDELINES,
PROMPT, AND ORGANIZATION MAY RESULT IN A GRADE OF ZERO FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT!***
THE WRITNG ASSIGNMENT GUIDELINES:
1. The essay should be submitted in MLA format; see MLA tab in A Writer’s Reference.
2. The essay should summarize Turkle’s “Growing Up Tethered” (578-92) and present a complete
reaction to the reading.
3. The essay length should be two to three pages.
WRITING PROMPT:
Students will write a reaction essay for Sherry Turkle’s “Growing Up Tethered” (578-591).
ESSAY ORGANIZATION:
I. Introductory Paragraph:
1. Provide an attention grabber, basic information about the topic and article, and a sense of
what your reaction will be about.
2. Include a brief introduction to the article and the thesis statement regarding your reaction
to or overall impression of the work.
3. Thesis will be last sentence in intro paragraph.
II. Transition Paragraph:
1. Give a summary of the work.
2. The first sentence should introduce the work, the year of publication, the author’s name,
and the author’s purpose/thesis stated in your own words.
3. The next four to five sentences should summarize the work.
4. In this case, you are summarizing a chapter from a book. You can refer to this work as a
chapter, text, work, or piece.
5. The last sentence will discuss how the work concludes.
6. Your opinion should not be in this paragraph.
III. Supporting Paragraph 1:
1. State your first reason in the topic sentence.
2. This sentence must support your thesis/claim (your reaction).
3. You must include at least two quotes, textual evidence, to support your reason.
4. Set up your quotes by offering a signal phrase (Turkle explains. . .) or context (Ex. Turkle
examines Erikson’s view of. . .).
5. After each quotation, explain why/how this evidence affected you as a reader. You need to
make sure your readers understand how the textual evidence supports your topic sentence.
6. Your last sentence should close the paragraph.
IV. Supporting Paragraph 2:
1. State your second reason in the topic sentence.
2. This sentence must support your thesis/claim (your reaction).
3. You must include at least two quotes, textual evidence, to support your reason.
4. Set up your quotes by offering a signal phrase (Turkle explains. . .) or context (Ex. Turkle
examines Erikson’s view of. . .).
5. After each quotation, explain why/how this evidence affected you as a reader. You need to
make sure your readers understand how the textual evidence supports your topic sentence.
6. Your last sentence should close the paragraph.
V. Closing Paragraph:
1. Restate your thesis in a different way.
2. State the value, relevance, or significance of this text for other students and or educators.
VI. Works Cited Page
1. List “Growing Up Tethered” in correct MLA Format.
2. NOTE: Treat it as a selection in an anthology.
SURFACE LANGUAGE
• Because this is an academic essay, maintain a formal tone.
• You must use the third person point of view.
• When you refer to the author, use his/her last name and stay in the present tense. (the author
argues. . . , Turkle claims. . . )
• Be concise; make every word count
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