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How to make a reaction paper for high school / secondary or college students

Updated on March 31, 2013

What is a reaction paper?

It is one of the requirements in school where the students are given the opportunity to act in response to the given tasks to them through watching movies and video clips, reading stories and the list goes on by written words. It is an active form of learning where the students directly engages in an activity and require them to analyze what they read.

Tips and pointers for students while making reaction papers:

Have patience since this endeavor is worthwhile to you aside from meeting one of the requirements of your teachers and instructors. This can be laborious but the activity is so beneficial in a lot of ways.

Making a reaction paper is a perfect time to showcase your finesse and panache for writing. Sprinkle your work with idiomatic expressions and vocabulary works to make it more interesting and nice to read.

To understand a story further attempt to summarize and express it in a concise manner, so you can able to fathom the story well and digest easily the necessary information the story conveys.

The importance or value of reaction paper

Time and time again, reaction papers of all sort of forms are employed by teachers in high school and by instructors in college to gauge the learning development of their students. Moreover, It is used to evaluate reading comprehension, writing ability and understanding.

Whipping up a reaction paper will allow students to think deeper, analyze different situations and express their selves. It also instill moral values which are necessary in accumulation of learning, knowledge and wisdom to help them become mature.

The instructors may let their students whip up articles about relevant and useful movies, documentary shows, field trips, video clips, short stories, educational tours and the like.

Here are the different parts of a reaction paper which is a perfect fit for high school students:

I. Setting (The students must be able to know the location of the story)

II. Characters (The students must be able to list down all the characters of the story and must write brief descriptions about them)

III. Summary (The summary of the story will tell if the students were focused on the story and understand what happened. The students must be able to determine the different plots, twists and other important information about the story.)

IV. Climax (The climax of the story is perhaps the most important part of the story and should be given some importance in the reaction paper. The climax is the most interesting and the main meat of the story.)

V. Conclusion (The students must be able to make their own conclusions about the story. You may also encourage them to give suggestions and feedback.)

VI. Moral Lessons (The most important part of the story where students might be able to draw some inspiration and motivation. The moral lesson(s) story simply teaches the students more about life and inculcates values, traits and qualities that will inevitably be useful to them later in life.

Reaction paper for college students

For college students, you may let them make reaction papers by giving them series of questions for them to answer. The questions can be simple or thought-provoking. You may ask several questions as you want, but see to it that these are relevant to the story. The difficulty and number of questions should be proportional to their intellectual abilities and the allotted time given to them to finish the task. Do not veer away from the topic.

Here are some sample questions to answer on:

Who are the characters and setting of the story?

If you were on the shoes of one of the characters of the story, who will it be and what you could've done?

If you have your way, how would you end the story?

Did the characters lived happily ever after?

Do you think the story was inspiring? Why?

And the list of questions goes on.

Here you have it folks, thanks a lot for dropping by though.

Feel free to shoot your feedback in the comment section below.

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