Ethnic-American Indian Studies (Reaction Paper)
Reaction paper: This paper, like your research paper, should be written in the third person. It is more technical than the self-reflection paper, even though both
require research and the presentation of facts. In this exercise one is to take a topic, present the opposing viewpoint fairly, and then react to it. One has to be
careful and avoid editorializing for that is not the purpose of this paper. It should be as balanced as possible and the reaction should be presented in such a way as
to convince the audience.
***Tips for Writing Term Papers
I. Choose a topic relevant to the subject matter of the course
II. Outline your topic and associated ideas beforehand
Type of paper: Self-reflection
IV. **Structure of the paper:
A. Introduction (to the topic)
B. Body Heading (with subheadings if necessary) – present the thesis and antithesis
C. Conclusion – present a synthesis
D. Work Cited (page or pages)
E. Number your pages
** Use bold headings with key descriptive terms in your headings and subheadings. The Introduction and the Conclusion can have those words as the headings. Look in
your textbooks for examples.
**Papers will be graded on spelling, grammar, structure, substantive content, the logic of your discussion, demonstrated research, length, and style – in a word,
professionalism. The objective is to assist you in developing and demonstrating the research and writing skills essential for professional scholarship at the
***Rubric for Evaluating Term Papers
Ideas and Content
Ideas and content are clear, focused and original. Relevant, quality details give important information that goes beyond the predictable. Every piece adds something
to the whole.
The order, structure and/or discussion of the information is compelling and moves the reader through the material. An inviting introduction, thoughtful transitions,
and satisfying conclusion are all present.
The topic speaks directly to the audience in a way that is professional, expressive, and engaging. The author clearly understands the process of expressing ideas
related to the topic and is sensitive to the overall objectives of the project.
Technical Terms and Fluency
The discussion has an easy flow and rhythm. The sections are well built around key terms and concepts, with real direction and wider applicability.
Technical competency is demonstrated through proper use of terminology.
Conventions and Style
The conventions of grammar and style in a professional paper are used effectively. Errors are few and minor.
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