The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-TIme Indian
Short Essay Test Response Strategy Using Analytical Notes
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Teaching students to write in-depth, analytical short answers on tests can be challenging. The problem is that students lack a structure for quickly creating meaningful responses for addressing the expectations of the question.
The Short Essay Test Response Strategy provides a structure for students to analyze and organize information for strong responses to questions.
Students employ the following skills.
✔ Writing arguments to support claims with clear reasons and evidence
The examples and statements of importance provide in-depth reasoning and evidence. An example without a statement of importance only provides limited reasoning. The "As a result" component of the process enhances the logic of the total response.
✔ Writing information to examine a topic showing organization and analysis
The four parts of the process provide an easy-to-use organizational structure. The relationship between each part insures a logical analysis. The structured process allows for an in-depth examination of the stated question within required time limits.
✔ Writing an expository paragraph that is coherent and logical
After completing the four parts of this system, students have an expository paragraph that is both coherent and logical. Each part of the process leads into the next part. Students support and analyze their response to the question.
✔ Determine which information is relevant to the focus or question
Before responding to the question, students must determine and evaluate which information is relevant to the purpose of the question. This evaluation carries the students through the four steps to produce the paragraph. Students must eliminate unrelated information and ideas from their responses.
✔ Citing specific evidence to support analysis
For certain responses, students need to add specific literal information or data in the second part of the process. In the why important part of the process, students need to include information that supports their inferences.
✔ Assess how reasoning and evidence supports a point of view
For questions requiring a “point of view response,” students use the example(s) in part two and the statements of importance to assess the validity of their position.
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian materials are Common Core aligned.