The Response Packet

WRT 101- Response Packet Guidelines


Definition of Genre


In a response paper, writers respond to one or more texts they have read. If you are responding to multiple texts, you must also discover how the texts relate to one another. (If responding to just one text, you might need to situate it within the larger context of class discussions, readings, etc., depending on the prompt.) A reaction paper may include a discussion of interesting questions that the readings raise for the student, but such a discussion is not sufficient by itself.

Writing good response papers is more demanding than it might appear at first. It is not simply a matter of reading the text, understanding it, and expressing an opinion about it. You must allow yourself enough time to be clear about what each text says and how the texts all relate to one another. In other words, response papers require you to synthesize the intellectual work of others—that is, bring it together into an integrated whole. In preparing to write response papers, therefore, it is crucial that you allow yourself not just enough time to do the readings but enough to digest what you have read and to put the results together into a unified account.


Questions to Ask:

• 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?



The response packet therefore is providing you a chance to write about, examine, investigate and respond to the following:


1-Moments: choose one photo from the collection and explain in one page why you find it most moving.


2-Brady’s I Want a Wife: She writes about her own role in marriage by making the wife’s role very demanding and presents the husband as less invested in the day-to-day grind of marriage. Do you agree? What would you want from your spouse? Is marriage really an uneven journey meant to eventually drain the woman?


3-Didion’s Marrying Absurd: She writes about the practice of getting married in Vegas and questions the validity of that decision. Do you agree?


4-Staples’ Black Men and Public Space: The author claims that he realized in his youth his race makes people afraid of him late at night. He tells us how he deals with it. Are gender and race responsible for creating fear in others? Explain your views.


5-Cisnero’s Only Daughter: An accomplished author and professor revisits her childhood home as a reminder that despite all of her achievements, validation from her father has been the only goal she had been seeking. Do you feel there is a person in your life who is your reason for achieving your goals?



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