A Reaction Paper is designed to develop and sharpen your critical thinking and writing skills. Your objective in writing this assignment is to define an issue clearly and to formulate and clarify your position on that issue by reacting to a controversial statement. Each of the five papers is worth 4% of the course grade.
The paper must be at least 250-300 words, excluding the title page and reference page, and must adhere to the APA sixth edition writing format. Please reference the APA example given in the Resources section. If your paper does not comply with this format you will lose points. Please see the grading rubric that follows the list of Controversial Statements.
Please cite at least one reference from a website provided in the Webliography and one from your text book.
Controversial statement: Individuals who gravitate towards gang involvement are often marginalized from acquiring status in general in society via legitimate means, and their only option is to acquire status through illegitimate means.