In preparing an issue reaction paper, you first need
to select a statement from the media to which to react.
Select some provocative or controversial statement that begs for either a
negative or positive response. When
you hear something on TV or read something in the papers or in an article that
sparks a reaction—either in agreement or disagreement—you’ve got it. Write
down the statement or quote and ask the instructor if it is acceptable before
you begin your paper. Your paper
should define the issue clearly and explain why it is important to you. It
is important that papers be turned in on time, note that one point will be
deducted from your final grade for each day the paper is overdue.
Body of paper
should be 5-7 double-spaced typed pages, excluding bibliography and footnotes.
Papers will follow the format as outlined below.
No exceptions please. Two copies of the paper will be
submitted. A hard copy will be graded and returned, the second copy will
be sent to the instructor via e-mail.
The paper should contain eight elements: title page;
reaction statement; importance; definition; position; support arguments;
conclusion; and bibliography of information sources. Each element should be identified by the
|Title page should conform to example provided on webpage.|
Statement should be a direct quotation from an individual or
other source. This statement
should be clearly stated and referenced (footnote) at the beginning of your
paper. No elaboration
or explanation is needed.|
should contain at least one paragraph explaining
why this particular issue
is important to you--why you selected it in the first place.
This is where you can elaborate on the statement.|
should include several paragraphs clearly identifying the most important
aspects addressed or implied in the issue statement.
As you define the issue or issues contained in the statement, you
will find this will also help you clarify your own position.|
section should contain several paragraphs detailing exactly what you think
about the issue or issues addressed in the issue statement.
When the reader finishes this section, they should have no doubt
about where you stand on the topic.|
Arguments should include several
paragraphs to identify the most important aspects of your position--and the
facts, data, examples, etc. necessary to back them up.
“Just because,” is an insufficient argument.
What is the proof? Where is the evidence to support your position?
Upon what information do you base your position?
At least three--no more than two internet--
referenced works will be necessary to support your position. You will need to present your arguments accurately,
logically, coherently, consistently, and clearly.
should be placed at the bottom of
the page aand reference all sources used in preparing the paper. Format should consistent and confrom to the guidelines
provided by the instructor. For
a paper of this length, a minimum of three--no more than two
internet--references are required.|
paragraph should sum up your argument clearly, persuasively, and concisely.|
include all sources used in preparing the paper and conform to the standards
provided by the instructor. |