How is the material related to your life, experiences, feelings and ideas?

Write a reaction paper based on the first 6 chapters of the textbook. This reaction paper will be in response or reaction to what you have learned from each chapter. Your reaction paper will be in accordance with APA format, and will summarize factual information from each chapter. Your reaction paper will follow the standard format for a reaction paper. Refer to the preparatory section to refer to the general guideline provided for preparing reaction papers. The essay portion of your reaction paper will be from two to three pages, and is due by day 7. (Book information: The Mythology of Crime and Criminal Justice By Victor E. Kappeler; Gary W. Potter)
Reaction Paper Guidelines
PART 1: A SUMMARY OF THE WORK
To develop the first part of a report, do the following:
Identify the author and title of the work and include in parentheses the publisher and publication date. For magazines, give the date of publication.
Write an informative summary of the material.
Condense the content of the work by highlighting its main points and key supporting points.
Use direct quotations from the work to illustrate important ideas.
Summarize the material so that the reader gets a general sense of all key aspects of the original work.
Do not discuss in great detail any single aspect of the work, and do not neglect to mention other equally important points.
Also, keep the summary objective and factual. Do not include in the first part of the paper your personal reaction to the work; your subjective impression will form the basis of the second part of your paper.
PART 2: YOUR REACTION TO THE WORK
To develop the second part of a report, do the following:
Focus on any or all of the following questions. Check with your instructor to see if s/he wants you to emphasize specific points.
How is the assigned work related to ideas and concerns discussed in the course for which you are preparing the paper? For example, what points made in the course textbook, class discussions, or lectures are treated more fully in the work?
How is the work related to problems in our present-day world?
How is the material related to your life, experiences, feelings and ideas? For instance, what emotions did the work arouse in you?
Did the work increase your understanding of a particular issue? Did it change your perspective in any way?
Evaluate the merit of the work: the importance of its points, its accuracy, completeness, organization, and so on.
You should also indicate here whether or not you would recommend the work to others, and why.
POINTS OF CONSIDERATION WHEN WRITING THE REPORT
Here are some important elements to consider as you prepare a report:
Apply the four basic standards of effective writing (unity, support, coherence, and clear, error-free sentences) when writing the report.
Make sure each major paragraph presents and then develops a single main point. For example, in the sample report that follows, the first paragraph summarizes the book, and the three paragraphs that follow detail three separate reactions of the student writer to the book. The student then closes the report with a short concluding paragraph.
Support any general points you make or attitudes you express with specific reasons and details. Statements such as “I agree with many ideas in this article” or “I found the book very interesting” are meaningless without specific evidence that shows why you feel as you do. Look at the sample report closely to see how the main point or topic sentence of each paragraph is developed by specific supporting evidence.
Organize your material. Follow the basic plan of organization explained above: a summary of one or more paragraphs, a reaction of two or more paragraphs, and a conclusion. Also, use transitions to make the relationships among ideas in the paper clear.
Edit the paper carefully for errors in grammar, mechanics, punctuation, word use, and spelling.
Cite paraphrased or quoted material from the book or article you are writing about, or from any other works, by using the appropriate documentation style. If you are unsure what documentation style is required or recommended, ask you instructor.
You may use quotations in the summary and reaction parts of the paper, but do not rely on them too much. Use them only to emphasize key idea.

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