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A reading response essay pursues the goal of summarizing a text under your consideration and demonstrating your response to the piece of writing.
Your response may take various forms:
When you write your reading response essay, you mainly convey your own judgments about the text. So, in the majority of cases, you should use the first person.
The introduction usually includes one to three paragraphs. In the case of a response essay, the introduction is both to summarize the article under your consideration and give your readers some general information about the subject. So, it will ideally take two paragraphs unless you are to write a five-paragraph essay. Whatever type of essay you are working on, your introduction should contain:
In the case of a reading response essay, there are several additional points for you to mention in your introduction:
In the first paragraph of your introduction, you should provide the review of your subject matter. Here are the ultimate ways to do it if you want to grab the attention of your audience:
‘Framing’ is a great tool that can be used not only to interest the reader but also to make your paper integral. It usually stems from a story you start telling in your introduction. Remember that it is not enough just to finish it in your conclusion, i.e., to break it into two parts. If the first part sets a problem, the second part has to solve it by using that what you have written in the body paragraphs. You can also use dialogue instead of a story. As an alternative to this, you can tell the same whole story in the introduction and conclusion from different perspectives. Usually, essay writers use a story based on a common misconception at the beginning and a new approach to the problem based on their findings at the end. Here are some examples of ‘framing’ your essay:
Here are the things you can write in the introduction and conclusion respectively:
The second paragraph of your introduction should start with enumerating the main ideas of our primary source, i.e., the piece of writing under your consideration. This summary serves as a smooth transitioning to your thesis statements. For example, you can write the following:
Mary Johnson in her famous article “Cell Phones are Dangerous” state that using phones while driving is unacceptable. More than that, avoiding the disastrous results should become a part of the safety of living education. The author uses stunning statistics to prove her point. It turns out that speaking on the phone while driving is just as risky as driving under the influence of an intoxicant. An increasing number of accidents happen because of cell phones. The conclusions Jonson draws are as follows. First, people should take personal responsibility and avoid using cell phones when they drive a vehicle. Secondly, the idea of driving without using a phone should be widely promoted by every one of us.
This summary is followed by a thesis statement. Here are two main ways you can do it:
Both agreements and disagreements should be supported by reflection and expansion.
There are several main approaches you can implement in a reading responsive essay:
NB: Any essay has to consist of the introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion. There is no way you can exclude any of those. Although many successful students develop their own system of writing an excellent paper, the general guidelines are the same for everybody.
The main body is the core of your essay in which you are going to prove your point step by step. In the body paragraphs, you are to support your thesis statement giving a particular number of arguments (usually, one per paragraph) based on your research and experience. You can borrow some points from the primary source. But it is essential to see the difference between duplicating them and citing them for your own purpose.
Here are the principal rules for writing the main body:
When you first present the work under consideration, you should provide your reader with the full information about it, including the author’s name, some background information about the author you find relevant, the type of paper, its title, and its summary.
Whenever you turn to your primary source, you are to distinguish what the author says from your own ideas. Thus, you use an author tag each time you mention any of his or her ideas. Besides the author’s name, a tag also includes a reporting verb.
Here are some examples of author tags:
Here are the alternatives to the most common reporting verbs:
Your conclusion should contain a thesis statement, rephrased and enlarged using the evidence you’ve used in your essay. You are to make some final remarks on the topic, but never should you include any new information in this part. There are also some creative ways to make your conclusion interesting to your readers:
Using Cell Phones While Driving: How Dangerous Is It?
Introduction Paragraph #1:Present the article you are going to respond to in your work. Write the first part of a scenario featuring a person who answers the phone while driving.
Introduction Paragraph #2: Summarize the author’s points relevant to your topic. Make a thesis statement: Driving requires you to be completely focused, or Today’s drivers should be allowed to talk on the phone while driving because they are used to it, unlike drivers 20 years ago.
Body Paragraph #1: There is legislation controlling speaking on the phone while driving.
Body Paragraph #2: Sometimes, answering the phone is essential. If you agree with the author: However, you can always halt to do so or call back as soon as possible. If you disagree: And there is not always a chance to halt.
Body Paragraph #3: Hand-free technologies allow us to speak while driving. If you agree with the author: But it is still dangerous to get distracted. If you don’t agree: And this is as save as talking to passengers while you are driving.
Conclusion: Restate your thesis, summarize your arguments and evidence.
A reading response essay, an evaluation essay, and a review have the purpose of demonstrating your personal opinion. This is what mainly differs them from a critical essay, for example.
Moreover, they have a lot of common features. But it is essential to see the difference between them if you want to get the desired A. All of them show whether you agree or disagree with the author and whether you liked his or her writing or not. In each of these papers, you are to prove your point and explain why you have such an opinion. However, in the case of a reading response essay, you don’t have to impose your own opinion on your readers. Thus, you leave them the choice to agree or disagree with you.