What to do in a Response Paragraph

Students often don't know how to begin in a response paragraph. The temptation is to simply summarize a point in the reading and ask if you have it right. You can do more than this. Here is a guide to the kinds of ways you can add meat to your response paragraph without simply repeating yourself.

Allan Bloom has posited a "taxonomy of educational objectives" that helps us discriminate different ways of analyzing a topic. Underneath each of these ways, I give an explanation of it and an example. Each single example sentence would never stand by itself, but needs to be followed up by an "unpacking" that describes what you mean. Analysis towards the bottom of this list is more impressive than stuff towards the top.

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