Dear <First Name of Poster>:
I am <adjective showing emotion> <by, about, with> your <poem/post/image/letter…>, “<Exact Title>,” because… <add 2 or 3 sentences>
One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “<Quote from message.>” I think this is <adjective> because… <add 1 or 2 sentences>
I’m learning more about <a keyword to describe what both the poster and you are studying> right now, and in particular what I’m wondering about is: <Pose your question that’s related to this discussion post> I was researching this question online, and this <blog post / news item / magazine article / podcast / twitter post> caught my attention because… <Explain why you chose this item to read. Was it the title? Something you saw in the summary? Or what? How did this specific source spark your interest?>
<A sentence or two or perhaps a paragraph from the source should appear here. Copy and paste the text here.>
<Citation: Author, (year). Title. Source, pages or URL> <Or use CiteThisForMe.com>
The quote I chose here is basically saying <paraphrase the quote, putting it into your own words. Be sure your re-statement is clear, complete, and cogent.>
Based on this source, I <do/don’t> <adverb> agree with you that… One reason I say this is… Another reason I <agree/disagree> with you is…
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because… <add 2 or 3 sentences explaining what will bring you back to see more about this person’s thoughts.>
We encourage students to break out of these overly-structured “sentence starters” and create your own kinds of response. However, we do ask you to keep in mind the following guidelines:
- Speak directly to the student or teacher whose post you are responding to.
- Quote from the post or describe specific details (of an image or video).
- Relate the work to your own experiences or to another text, image, video, or audio that this one reminds you of.
- Be encouraging and generous with your remarks. End on a positive note.
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