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Responding to an Article

Below are some ideas for writing your responses to articles you read.

  1. Agreement: Summarize some of the ideas in the story and explain why you like the ideas or not. Also, feel free to express your own personal ideas on the topic and how your ideas agree with or contrast to those in the report.
  2. Persuasion: Tell us what information in this report you found convincing and which information you were suspicious of. If there are different opinions in the story, tell us who you agree with and why you agree with them. If you disagree with some opinion, explain which opinions you disagree with and why you disagree.
  3. Surprise: Summarize the information in the story that surprises you and explain why it surprises you. Talk in some depth about what you used to think before you read this report.
  4. Affect: Explain the emotional effect of the story on you. Explain why you responded in that way, using a lot of detail and background to do so.
  5. Association: Relate the information in this story to information you have heard in other reports or read elsewhere.
  6. Critical Analysis: Describe information that you think is missing from this report. Explain what other details you think the story could or should have included, and justify why you think that information should have been in the story.
  7. Bias: Describe any bias, prejudice or stereotype you see behind the story. Speculate on why this story was written and on any underlying motivation for creating the story.

Concord Monitor Local/State

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Concord Monitor Nation/World

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Union Leader

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New York Times U.S.

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New York Times World

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PBS NewsHour

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BBC News

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