In <Writer’s Name>‘s essay, “<Exact Title>,” from <Citation and Link. Use>, the author <summarize the significance of the text>

When we consider the issue of <Put your keyword for your research here>, some might wonder: <Pose  question.> <Author’s Name>‘s <blog post / news item / magazine article / podcast / video> addresses this question because… <Explain exactly how this resource responds to>

<A sentence or two or perhaps a paragraph from the source should appear here. Copy and paste the text here>

This is basically saying <paraphrase the quote, putting it into your own words. Be sure your re-statement is clear, complete, and cogent.>

This might make one wonder… <Finish this sentence, then freewrite for 5 minutes about any new thoughts you may be having about your inquiry question>

Another point <Writer’s Last Name> makes in <his/her> <blog post / news item / magazine article / podcast / video> is: “<Quote from writer’s text.>” This is <adjective> because… <add 1 or 2 sentences>

A third point addressed by <Writer’s Last Name> is: “<Quote from the text>.” This is significant, because…

What we can appreciate about this writer’s work is… We can look forward to seeing what <he/she> writes next, because… <add 2 or 3 sentences explaining what will bring you back to see more about this person’s thoughts.>

Copy and paste the text above, then edit, replacing the red text that’s in <angle brackets>.
Scroll inside the box, just below, to see details.

At the bottom of your post, paste one link that will take us to your annotations for this blog or article. Follow these instructions:

Vimeo Screencast | YouTube Screencast

After you have annotated one or many articles with, you may want to collect your most thoughtful, inspired annotations into one place. I’ll show you how to create a URL that you can use to point others to your best annotations about a particular question or topic. If you make this URL into a link in a post on Youth Voices or submit this URL as evidence for an XP or for a badge on LRNG, your readers or evaluators will be able to click on that link and easily find your best annotations.

  1. Log in to and go to your account.
  2. Add a special, unique tag to each of the annotations that you want to submit. (Be sure that these annotations are public.) For example, if you have read three articles about Black Lives Matter, and you want to submit a few annotations from each of these articles, here’s what to do:
  1. Find the articles again and open your annotations
  2. Click the “Visit annotation in context” arrow and allow time for this to load.
  3. Add a special, unique tag. For example: 9bestBLM (which could stand for my nine best Black Lives Matter annotations)
  4. Be sure to add this specific tag to each of the annotations–and only those annotations–that you want to submit.
  1. Now, go to the landing page for your account again. Find the tag that you just created and click on it. The annotations that you have tagged should appear. Copy the URL that appears at the top of your browser.
  1. Paste that URL at the bottom of a post on Youth Voices.


Use this guide when you want to write a more formal response to one essay or to different parts, sections, or chapters of a book.

This guide will ask you to quote at least two times from that essay and to explain why those two quotes represent the author’s views and your thoughts about those views. What makes these parts of the text stand out for you?

You’ll also be asked to explain at least two things you agree or disagree with in the text and to give your reasons. And you’ll be asked to say what you appreciate most about this writer’s work.


CC BY-SA 4.0 Basic Response to a Non-Fiction Article or Book by Paul is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Youth Voices is an open publishing platform for youth. The site is organized by teachers with support from the National Writing Project. Opinions expressed by writers are their own.

CC BY-SA 4.0All work on Youth Voices is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License


We welcome new members. You can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Missions on Youth Voices

Log in with your credentials


Forgot your details?

Create Account