Summary of Allegory of the Cave

Essay Length: 3 typed/word processed and double-spaced pages long—about 750 words. Use a standard sized font and point size(e.g. 12-point Times New Roman) One-inch margins at top, bottom, and both sides. The paper must be documented in either APA or MLA format. The format must be consistent with the guidelines for MLA or APA format. There is a link to the Purdue Owl documentation center on Blackboard to assist students with MLA and APA format. [NOTE: The Works Cited or APA References or APA Title page does not count as part of the 3 pages.] Topic Scope: Keep the above essay length recommendation in mind as you focus on the topic and draft the Reaction paper. (Tips: If you can’t achieve at least 3 typed and double-spaced pages, you need to either provide more specific development of your topic sentences or expand the scope of your topic. On the other hand, if you have reached page 3 in drafting your essay and you still have much more you want to write to make your thesis point, you need to narrow down the scope of your topic.) The Reaction Paper A reaction paper focuses on the perception of writers as they closely examine their response to what they read using critical thinking. For this paper, students will react to the essay Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and their choice of Letter from Birmingham Jail, A Child of Slavery who Taught a Generation, or an article of their choice. Select one of the topics to narrow focus the reaction section of your paper: · Education · Knowledge · Reality · Illumination · Illusion · Fake News/social media · Identity · Truth · The Matrix/Perceived vs True reality · Perception WRTING THE REACTION PAPER The following outline provides a breakdown of what should be in the paper: MLA headings on page 1 or APA Title page as page 1. INTRODUCTION Introduction paragraph (4-8 sentences) 1. Hook the reader with the first sentence. 2. State the texts, authors, and your focus 3. What is your dominant reaction? 4. Thesis statement The SUMMARY SECTION First paragraph (6-10 sentences) 1. Summary of Allegory of the Cave 2. Identify the author and title of reading to be examined. 3. Write an informative summary of the material. 4. Condense the content by highlighting the main points and key supporting points. 5. Summarize the material so that the reader gets a general sense of all key aspects of the subject to which you are reacting. 6. Do not discuss in great detail any single aspect of the work, and do not neglect to mention other equally important points. 7. 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/Reaction part of your paper. Second paragraph (6-10 sentences) 1. Summary of Letter from Birmingham Jail, or A Child of Slavery who Taught a Generation, or an article of your choice. 2. Identify the author and title of reading to be examined. 3. Write an informative summary of the material. 4. Condense the content by highlighting the main points and key supporting points. 5. Summarize the material so that the reader gets a general sense of all key aspects of the subject to which you are reacting. 6. Do not discuss in great detail any single aspect of the work, and do not neglect to mention other equally important points. 7. 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/Reaction part of your paper. THE REACTION SECTION First paragraph (5-8 sentences) 1. Hook the reader with the first sentence. 2. State the topic (from the list) that you will address in your reaction. 3. State your position/thesis statement. Second paragraph (8-10 sentences) 1. Topic Sentence #1: Use a transition. What is the first point you will discuss? 2. Support: Use clear logic and thinking to support the topic sentence. Use examples the original text. Use MLA to document borrowed information. 3. Write a concluding sentence for the paragraph. Third paragraph (8-10 sentences) 1. Topic Sentence #2: Use a transition. What is the first point you will discuss? 2. Support: Use clear logic and thinking to support the topic sentence. Use examples from the original text. Use MLA to document borrowed information. 3. Write a concluding sentence for the paragraph. Fourth paragraph (8-10 sentences) 1. Topic Sentence #3: Use a transition. What is the first point you will discuss? 2. Support: Use clear logic and thinking to support the topic sentence. Use examples from the original text. Use MLA to document borrowed information. 3. Write a concluding sentence for the paragraph. THE EVALUATION/CONCLUSION One Paragraph (5-8 sentences) 1. Restatement of the thesis statement. 2. Summarize your reaction. 3. Connect all the ideas from your Reaction. How has your analysis/reaction affected your feelings about your topic? 4. Concluding statement. Works Cited on the last page of paper Document Sources on MLA Works Cited or APA References page ***Don’t forget that the required 3 pages are the body of the paper. The MLA Works Cited in not included in the page count or word count. Also, the APA Title page and the APA References are not included in the page count or word count.