I just read a Wikipedia article:

<Copy the APA style citation, which you’ll find under Toolbox / Cite this page.>

I was <adjective showing strong emotion> <by, with, about…> this article because… <complete this sentence. Then write 2 or 3 more explaining your general thoughts about this article.>

One sentence from this article that stands out for me is: “<Add a quotation from the article here.>” I think this is <adjective showing your thoughts and feelings about this sentence> because… <explain in the remainder of this sentence. And add more.>

I’m pretty sure this is <accurate / not accurate>, because <cite evidence you have from another source that shows this to be true or not true. Be sure to add a proper citation and a link to this source.>

Another sentence that I <agree with / disagree with> is: “<Put a second quotation from the Wikipedia article here.>” This stood out for me because… <finish this sentence, then write 2 or 3 more.>

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

There’s something in this article that I think might not be accurate. It says, “<Add a quote from the Wikipedia article that you think is not true here. You are not required to use this paragraph, if you don’t find any errors.>” I think this statement is not accurate, because of what I found <Provide a proper citation and a link to the source that makes you question the Wikipedia quotation.>, and here it says: <Add a quotation from another source here.>

What I learned from this article is <Write 3 or 4 sentences saying what knowledge you confirmed, questions you were able to answer, or new ideas you might not have thought about before.>

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 our 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. If you find something in the Wikipedia article that might not be accurate, quote and cite it, and say why you think it might not be accurate. AGAIN, do more research. Find a source or two that proves that this part of the article is not correct. Quote from these sources and cite them.
  6. End by explaining in detail what you learned from reading this Wikipedia article, and add a couple of questions that you will want to follow up on in further research.


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