In <Writer’s Name> 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 <blogpost | news item | magazine article | podcast | video> addresses this question because… <Explain exactly how this resource responds to your question or inquiry.>

<Transcribe a sentence or two, or perhaps a paragraph from the source that shows the author–in his/her own words–talking about your issue, question, or inquiry.>

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 five minutes about any new thoughts you may be having about your inquiry question.>

I’m pretty sure this is <accurate | not accurate> because…  <Be sure to add a proper citation and a link to this source: Author, (year). Title. Source, pages or URL – Use>

Another point <Writer’s Last Name> makes in <his | her> <blogpost | news item | magazine article | podcast | video> is: “<Quote from the writer’s text.>” This is significant because… <Add one or two sentences.>

I double-checked this fact through <Provide proper citation and a link to your corroborating evidence>, which make me feel pretty sure that it is true.

A third point addressed by <Writer’s Last Name> is: “<Quote from the text>.” This is also important because… <Explain the significance of these words and relate it back to your original question or inquiry.>

Some <might | might not> agree with <Last Name of Writer or a Person Quoted above> that… <Restate this point of his or her argument.> One reason is… Another reason some might <agree | disagree> with <Writer’s Name or Quoted Person’s Name> is…

What we can appreciate about this writer’s work is… We can look forward to seeing what <he | she> writes next because… <Add two or three sentences explaining what will bring a reader back to see more about this writer’s thoughts.>

Use this guide when you want to write a more formal response to one essay. 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. At the beginning of your essay, copy and paste the APA citation and the permanent link to the article that you are reviewing.
  2. Begin with showing general response to the article, then say why you feel this way.
  3. Double check. Quote a specific sentence or two from the article that you think is important and say why. THEN be sure to do more research and quote from at least one more source that shows that this claim is probably reliable.
  4. Do #3 again. Find another important sentence or two from the article, quote it and cite it. THEN do more research and quote and cite another source that says something similar.
  5. Look for something in the article that others might not agree with. Quote and cite it, and say why you think others would feel differently. AGAIN, do more research. Find a source or two that proves that this part of the article is questionable. Quote from these sources and cite them.
  6. End by explaining in detail what you learned from reading this article, and add a couple of questions that you will want to follow up on in further research.

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