Recently in <Subject area> we’ve been studying . At first, I thought were your first thoughts about this study? Look back at your first freewrite.>. When I <saw/read/played/heard…> <a specific resource> I started to think <How did your thinking shift or change?>. I know that many people feel that <what do some people say about this issue?>. After doing this study, <what do you think about this issue, now?> For example, I heard that <be specific with one example of what you have heard.>

One thing that I know for sure about is that . Now I’ve studied my share of for example, U.S.History, Biology, Environmental Science, Religion, Philosophy, Music, Sports…>, and Personally, it’s funny to me how

I did some research on <the topic>. I came across this one article: <Title and link to the article.> This article provided a lot of information and opinions on <your subject>. Some people felt that <your subject> were <summarize some facts from your article.> <Insert a quote from the article.> This <statement/statistic> didn’t really surprise me all that much, but it did make me feel <emotion>. <Write 2 or 3 more sentences, explaining why you feel the way you do.>

In another source that I looked at, <Title and link to another article/video/photo series/poem/song….> there was this one statement that made me <nod my head in agreement / shake my head in disagreement> with the <writer/photographer/reporter/poet..>. It was: <Insert a second quote from the article.> This is so <true / untrue>, because <expalin why you think and why in 3 or 4 more sentences.>

All of this makes me think that <write 3 or 4 more sentences summarizing what you learned from reading these Internet sources.>

This guide will help you move from responding to articles, videos, images, and podcasts that you have been looking at with your class to writing a more formal essay about your own questions.

This guide asks you to tell the story of your thinking from the time you first encountered the topic to when you formed your own questions about it. What have you been learning about this topic over the years and in and out of school? And what are your questions now?

Then you are prompted to talk about the research you have done recently using at least two different sources.

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