California and Texas Visions for America’s Future

The purpose of a reaction article is to develop your skills of critical analysis of another’s position and to develop a counter-argument to their position. Where is there argument weak? What essential facts do they omit? What alternative examples or facts refute their position. Finally, dhow might those things alter their position. While certainly, your reading and reaction will
reflect your position on the topic, this exercise is more about developing a counter-argument as to why the author’s position is wrong or poorly supported. If you agree with the author’s position, you should state how it could have been better supported or proven.
Each paper should be at least one full page but no more than two full pages double spaced (times new roman 12 pt., 1-inch margins) and should include appropriate citations for any work other than the assigned article used or referenced in the paper. The format of the paper should follow the MLA 8th formatting requirements. See style information here:
The articles will be made available on Blackboard. Select one article from each unit listing. The completed essay must be uploaded to Blackboard by the due date for credit.

Each paper is worth up to fifty (50) points towards the final grade.
General Instructions for a reaction paper and grading criteria:
1. Use MLA 8th format for the paper
2. The first paragraph must list the title of the article, the authors’ complete name, the date published, and the publisher as well as a summary of the main point of the article. If any of this information is unavailable, you can omit that portion.
3. Subsequent paragraphs should include your reaction to the article: did the author prove his or her position? Are there points that the author made that are important? Did the author miss critical information? Etc. You must support your reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with the author with facts, events, or other supporting information.
4. Finally, in the last paragraph, state if you recommend this article to others and why or why not?

5. If you use outside facts, information, or opinions, you must cite them using MLA format.
If you only use information from the article and list the information about the article in paragraph 1, you do not need in-text citations or a “Works Cited” page.
6. The work must be uploaded to Blackboard on or before the due date in either Microsoft
Word or .PDF format.

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