Rules for Writing a Reading Response Essay - The Classroom

A reading response essay expresses a student’s thinking about a piece of literature

A reading response essay is a common English essay assignment

Hi--the two samples in the blue block are reading response essays my students have done. Good luck on your assignment! Check out some of my other hubs for other writing help.

Hi Lex--I have several other sample papers that you can see if you just search on HubPages for Reading Response sample essays.

How to Write a Reading Response Essay with Sample Papers

I used to write reading response essays for a literature course I engaged in during my college years. I enjoy writing and analyzing my response to the things I read. It was quite fun in those days because the professor obviously chose books that where especially thought provoking and that made it much more interesting and easy too. Do you write many reading response hub-essays?

A reading response essay:

This article did wonders for my confidence. Reading response essays don't seem like the terribly difficult task I once thought they were. I'm actually looking forward to writing them now because I get to express my opinions throughout the paper.

A reading response essay:


Like the DEN Worksheet, the is designed to help you move from reading a text to writing about it. It is most helpful for writing a reading response essay or a discussion board post, though you can adapt it to any assignment. It is designed to slow down your reading process and record your thoughts while you are having them so that when you sit down later to write, you have a record of the ideas that the reading evoked in your mind.