Reading and Composition 2 – Reaction Essay Update

Useful Language

Feelings/Adjectives

Happy /Cheerful/ Glad/ thrilled/delighted/ elated/ ecstatic/ jubulantSad /down/ blue/ gloomy/ dejected/ despondent/ mournful

Angry / indignant/ irate/ cross/ mad as Hell/ enraged/ furious

Calm/ quiet/ peaceful/ still/ serene

Upset /dismayed/ bothered/ put-out/ distressed/ grieved

Hopeful/ optimistic/ positive/ encouraged/ buoyant
Nervous /skittish/ jumpy/ on-edge/ stressed-out/ hysterical

Interested/ attracted/ drawn/ enticed/ obsessed/ fascinated

It made me feel (+ adj. ) a bit/ a little/ a little bit (nervous)

somewhat/ kind of/ sort of/ rather

pretty/ very/ really (hopeful)

extremely/ exceedingly/ overwhelmingly

completely/ utterly/ thoroughly (confused)

Symbolism

I think the…symbolizes…I think the word “sleep” symbolizes death or rest.

I feel that …. stands for….

I feel that the woods stand for escape or a place to hide.

It seems that (maybe) ….represents…

It seems that the words “darkest evening” represents trouble in the writer’s life.

It reminds me of… It brings to mind….

When I see …, suddenly memories of….come racing back.

When I see…I can’t help but think of/ remember…

 

A response paper could address any type of work, from a piece of art or a film to a book. When writing a response paper, you can include statements like the following:

  • I felt that
  • In my opinion
  • The reader can conclude that
  • The author seems to
  • I did not like
  • The images seemed to
  • The author was [was not] successful in making me feel
  • I was especially moved by
  • I didn’t get the connection between
  • It was clear that the artist was trying to
  • The sound track seemed too
  • My favorite part was…because

You can think of a response paper as a review that is part analysis and part opinion.

 

 

Organization

Textbook pp. 162 ~ 165

Prompt?: Are you responding to the poem, the video, a painting or photograph?

Introduction: background information on the prompt + thesis statement.

Body 1 = 1st feeling/observation/thought + Support (why do you think this? What words/parts in the prompt make you think this?)

Body 2 = 2nd feeling/observation/thought + Support (why do you think this? What words/parts in the prompt make you think this?)

Body 3 = 3rd feeling/observation/thought + Support (why do you think this? What words/parts in the prompt make you think this?)

Conclusion…summarize briefly

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