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:

  1. Speak directly to the student or teacher whose post you are responding to.
  2. Quote from the post or describe specific details (of an image or video).
  3. Relate the work to your own experiences or to another text, image, video, or audio that this one reminds you of.
  4. Be encouraging and generous with your remarks. End on a positive note.

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