Basic Response to a Non-Fiction Article or Book

Feb 6, 2013

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> <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.>


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.