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Unformatted text preview: Writing a Response Paper Writing a response paper might seem to imply that you will be writing about your emotional responses and reactions to a particular text, that you will be answering the question: How did you feel about the text? This is NOT what you are to do in a critical response paper. In this sort of paper, How did you feel is a legitimate starting point perhaps, but what is more interesting is why you felt that way. This course asks you to be an active readerto consider the act of reading as a full contact sportand to create meaning from the text rather than simply absorbing the material. In this vein, a reading response paper should engage the text in some fashion. The paper should examine and begin to formulate the questions that a more formal analytical argument essay might argue. Ultimately, your college career will most likely ask you to devise your own paper topicsrather than responding to the questions a professor might pose about a text (literary or otherwise), you will be asked to...
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- Fall '08