How To Write A Quote Response Essay: Creative Hints

Essays in response to quotations are pretty common. This is a special way of presenting a topic to students that calls for their reaction and comments. Use the following hints while writing your paper.

  1. Mind your first impressions.
  2. Read the quote, and focus on the immediate impression it makes on you. Think about the context in which you were given this assignment. It might concern your current unit, the topic you discussed in class, or the book you’ve read recently. Decide whether you agree or disagree with the phrase, and what associations it brings up.

  3. Find the keyword.
  4. Sometimes it’s very difficult to grasp the meaning of a saying. Read it over and over and determine the keyword. It should be the most important word that provides the foundation on which you write your essay.

  5. Know the purpose.
  6. By knowing the purpose of your task, you’ll have a clear understanding of what to write about. Remember that this type of writing is not just about giving your opinion. The underlying thing is having a deep background knowledge on the topic, and the ability to match it with the quotation. Always try to figure out why you were suggested this particular fragment and what you are expected to explain.

  7. Do a bit of free-writing.
  8. As soon as you read your task and get the idea of how it corresponds to the general topic you’re currently discussing with your teacher, jot down everything that comes to your mind. You should analyze why the author said what they did, what side they took, or what pushed them to say so. Then decide whether you support them or completely disapprove of their words. Write non-stop for about 5–10 minutes, and after that, reread your notes, highlighting the most relevant comments.

  9. Take a stand.
  10. Usually you have to give persuasive arguments to support your ideas, so make sure you are confident about your position. Otherwise, you will sound unconvincing.

  11. Write the introduction.
  12. Your first sentence should state the quote and the author. Also note that, “So many men, so many minds”; that’s why this phrase can be interpreted differently. Introduce what it means to you. Choose three main points that will clarify the keyword and write them in your thesis statement.

  13. Stick to the essay structure.
  14. Scrutinize each of the main points in the body paragraphs: one point for each paragraph. Start your concluding part with the phrase “In conclusion”, and write how the main word is understood by the author and by you. Then paraphrase your thesis statement.