Topic: Response essay

Intended Learning Outcomes
This assignment aims to assess your ability to:
• summarise and paraphrase ideas
• apply learned reading strategies to improve comprehension of academic materials
• write a response essay based on a printed source
• conduct library and online research to gather information
• integrate ideas and document sources properly through a critical review of published articles
Instructions
Based on the given article on pages 4-5, write a response essay between 480 to 520 words comprising the parts below:
0) Title of your essay (Optional)
1) Summary of Source Text (One paragraph)
• Identify the source text at the beginning, and then summarise its central idea and key points. The summary must be written in 100 to 120 words (and you should state the number of words you have written at the end of this paragraph).
2) Critical Response to Source Text (One to two paragraphs; suggested length: ~320 words)
• Respond critically to one or two key aspects of the source text.
• You may also reflect critically on the content or writing skills in this essay.
3) Concluding Paragraph (One paragraph; suggested length: ~70 words)
• Bring your essay to a logical and graceful end in 60 to 80 words
4) Reference List
• Document all borrowed information, including the source text, in APA style (7th ed.)
To write the summary well, you need to
✓ provide a proper identification of the source text at the beginning,
✓ read the article to comprehend it fully,
✓ identify the central idea and the key points while filtering out unnecessary details,
✓ paraphrase (using your own words and sentence structures) and organise the central idea and the key points identified, and
✓ avoid adding your own opinions.
To write the response well, you should
✓ focus on one key aspect (or at most two) in the source text and respond in depth,
✓ elaborate and support your viewpoint with evidence such as facts, statistics, observations, and other scholar’s research results, and
✓ write a topic sentence for each paragraph.
To write the concluding paragraph well, you should
✓ restate briefly the main points of your essay,
✓ provoke the reader to think or act in relation to what you have written in your essay.

Type of assignment: Academic paper writing
Type of assignment: Essay
Subject: English
Pages/words: 2/550
Number of sources: 1
Academic level: Bachelor
Paper format: APA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: US English

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