If you struggle in getting your students to give thorough and thoughtful answers, this may do the trick. Quickly show students the rubric in a mini-lesson before asking them to respond to short answer questions. This explains to students, "When responding to answers in an assessment of your understanding, it is important to give thorough and thoughtful answers. Sometimes, we don’t know exactly what our teacher is asking for when they tell us to respond in complete sentences or to be thorough and thoughtful. Use this rubric as a guide for how you should respond to answers to make sure your reasoning is clear to your reader." There are two options included, one with a self-assessment and a second for quick copies to be included with assignments. Apply to one critical question in an assessment or all by tallying responses. A great way to get your students using evidence in their writing!