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EDP 202: Human Development and Learning: Research Reaction Paper

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Structure of Reaction Paper:

1. The Reaction Paper should be 2 double-spaced pages, 12 point font, 1” wide margins on all sides

2. Include your Name, Course Number, Assignment and Date at the top of the first page   

3. Include the Resource information using the correct APA format at the end of the paper 


The paper should be presented in three sections.  The sections are outlined below: 

1st Section--- Introduce the topic... 

  •  Introduce the basic theme of the paper.  
  •  Provide a general overview of the material and specific issues highlighted in the material.    
  •  Let me (your reader) know what you are going to tell me. 

  2nd Section --- Provide details of the topic and issues... 

  •   Explain what premises are introduced and what assertions are made. 
  •   Include examples or case studies presented. 
  •   What is the main problem or issue that the author is addressing? 
  •   What is the author’s central claim, argument, or point? 
  •   What assumptions does the author make?
  •   What evidence does the author present? 
  •   What are the strengths and weaknesses of the text? 
  •   What are possible counterarguments to the text’s claims? 
  •   Why are the problem(s) and the argument(s) interesting or important? 

 3rd Section --- Present your reaction to the material...

  •  What did you specifically find interesting or unusual. 
  •   Did there seem to be any discrepancies in the material? 
  •   Did you find yourself in agreement with the concepts? 
  •   Do you think anything was omitted or overlooked? 
  •   Would you have presented the material in a different fashion? 
  •   What were the most helpful pieces of information in this section and why?  
  •   How does the material presented relate to this class?

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***Adapted from Ashford University***

State your topic

Your topic is the essential idea of your paper. It is usually a few words or a phrase that summarizes the subject of your paper. For your thesis statement, try to make your topic as specific as possible.

State your main idea about this topic

What are you trying to state or prove about your topic? What are you trying to persuade the reader to believe? When stating your opinion, be sure to:

  • express one major ideal
  • name the topic and assert something specific about it
  • take a stance on an issue that you can support with facts and reasons.
  • state your position on or opinion about the issue.

Give a reason that supports your main idea

Write your reason as a clear statement. Be sure that you can support this reason with logical facts and evidence.

Give another reason that supports your main idea

Write your reason as a clear statement. Be sure that you can support this reason with logical facts and evidence.

Give one more reason that supports your main idea

Tell us one reason that supports your opinion. Write your reason as a clear statement. Be sure that you can support this reason with logical facts and evidence.

Include an opposing viewpoint to your main idea, if applicable

A good thesis statement acknowledges that there is always another side to the argument. So, include an opposing viewpoint (a counterargument) to your opinion. Basically, write down what a person who disagrees with your position might say about your topic.


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