Dear 11A,


Here are the definition of paradox, the two trailers you saw in class and the structure of the written response.


Remember you must write a response of at least 200 words.




something (such as a situation) that is made up of two opposite things and that seems impossible but is actually true or possible


someone who does two things that seem to be opposite to each other or who has qualities that are opposite


a statement that seems to say two opposite things but that may be true






Writing a Reaction or Response Essay


Reaction or response papers are usually requested by teachers so that you’ll consider carefully what you think or feel about something you’ve read. The following guidelines are intended to be used for reacting to a reading although they could easily be used for reactions to films too. Read whatever you’ve been asked to respond to, and while reading, think about the following questions.


How do you feel about what you are reading?

What do you agree or disagree with?

Can you identify with the situation?

What would be the best way to evaluate the story?

Keeping your responses to these questions in mind, follow the following prewriting steps.


Organizing Your Reaction Paper


A reaction/response paper has an introduction, a body, and a conclusion.

The introduction should contain all the basic information in one or two paragraphs.


Sentence 1: This sentence should give the title, author, and publication you read.
Sentence 2, 3, and sometimes 4: These sentences give a brief summary of what you read (nutshell)
Sentence 5: This sentence is your thesis statement. You agree, disagree, identify, or evaluate.



Your introduction should include a concise, one sentence, focused thesis. This is the focused statement of your reaction/response. More information on thesis statements is available.

The body should contain a paragraph that provides support for your thesis. The paragraph should contain one idea. Topic sentence should support the thesis, and the final sentence should lead into the conclusion.


Topic Sentence


detail — example –quotation –detail — example — quotation — detail — example — quotation — detail — example –quotation


Summary Sentence


The conclusion can be a restatement of what you said in your paper. It can also be a comment which focuses your overall reaction. Finally, it can be a prediction of the effects of what you’re reacting to. Note: your conclusion should include no new information.

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  1. PARADOX – 11th Portales

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