Reaction writing may be informal or formal and is primarily analytical; reactions may be included in critiques, reviews, illustrations of ideas, or judgments of a concept or theory.Reactions require close reading of the text you are reacting to.
When you carry on a dialogue with the author, you are expanding and speculating on the author’s ideas—entering an academic conversation with the author.
Writing reactions usually calls for an expressive writing style in which you can let your thoughts flow, be imaginative, and experiment with language.
You must persuade the audience and let them share your point of view.
Therefore, you need to analyze your target audience in advance to be well aware of the top methods to persuade them easily.
Although reactions often seem like freewriting or reacting in continuous writing, you want to organize your thoughts with a thesis, introduction and conclusion, and supporting statements.
In fact, your reaction may take the form of a formal or informal argument.
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Like reviews, reactions go beyond the literal content of the text, requiring that you bring to the text meaning not explicitly stated, to elaborate on or explore the implications of the author’s ideas.
Your reactions may include your subjective interpretations; you may even use the first-person narrator “I.” Your reaction paper need not follow the organization and ordering of the text you are writing about; in fact, reactions can begin with the last point the author made and then move to other points made earlier.