reaction essay

Essay Assignment
Goals: 

Demonstrate your ability to write a summary of an article using correct in-text citations. 
Demonstrate your ability to write an organized, cohesive and focused essay expressing your opinion and supporting your opinion with explanations and evidence that clearly relate to your focused premise  (opinion).
Your essay will demonstrate the correct use of sentencing, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and focused, organized paragraphing skills.

 
Instructions: 
Please write a 600 word Reaction Essay. The essay should double-spaced and typed in 12 pt. New Courier or Times New Roman font. 
Assignment Format: 

  Choose a newspaper or magazine article which interests you.  You may use a website if the website is affiliated with an established hard-copy newspaper or magazine.  Examples include L.A. Times,  Washington Post, Time Magazine, etc. 
 Summarize the article, making sure you include in-text citation information.
After your summary,  start a new paragraph and write a sound effective thesis statement that states your opinion on the issue discussed in the article.  Explain why you have this opinion/reaction and use examples from your life, the lives of people you know, other articles or comparable experiences to explain.   If you use a second article to explain your reaction to the first article make sure you include citation information.  

Specifics: 

Summary Instructions: 

After you cite the source using the in-text citation method we learned in class, begin your summary of the article. 
Keep the summary objective.  Do not include your opinion. 
This summary should not be less than a standard paragraph in length nor should it be more than two paragraphs long. 

 

Reaction Instructions:

After your summary,  start a new paragraph and state your personal reaction and/or opinion on the issue discussed in the article.   This reaction portion of your essay assignment should be at least 3 or 4 paragraphs long.  Explain why you have this reaction and support your explanation with examples from your life,  your observations, the lives of people you know, other articles or comparable experiences.  If you use a second article to explain your reaction to the first article make sure you include citation information.
You must include an MLA Works Cited page. 
 

Final Essay Outcome: For this assignment, you should strive for a cohesive (flowing) essay with correct in-text M.L.A. documentation of at least one outside source,, a sound thesis statement and clear supporting details.    The final draft of this essay should be roughly  30% summary with the remaining 70% percent devoted to your reaction and explanations. The two parts should not be separated by “subtitles” or space. 

Please note: The end of the semester is Dec. 11.
Your final draft of Formal Essay #3 will be due for a grade by Dec. 12 at 11:59 pm at the latest. 
You may submit the essay early, but not after Sunday Dec 12 at 2:00 pm.
Upload the essay to this page using Word/docx. or Google docs. IF you upload as a google doc, make sure that your settings allow me access: “Anyone with the link on the internet can view or Edit.”  
I cannot accept late work after the semester ends, so prepare in advance, please. 

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