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ELA Test Prep for Short Response Writing Questions

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Teach your students how to respond to the text with written response questions! Use these ELA test prep short response question strategies when initially introducing responding to the text while working on ela short response questions. How to answer short response questions must be taught explicitly. These short answer practice questions will prepare your students. Choose a strategy, and be prepared with rubrics and writing paper to guide students through the process of responding completely. Use these short response questions strategies to give your students the best chance for future success!

Choose a strategy that works for your kiddos! The short response questions on the state assessments are so important to explicitly teach. I've included several strategies to use, color-coded versions, teacher comment cards, larger versions of each strategy as a visual, and smaller versions for kids to keep as bookmarks (laminated to check off each part as they complete it).

In my class, we use colored pens when initially learning how to write a short response. We color code each component. As we get better at written responses, we begin to use different color highlighters to check our writing. The kids love it!


RATT (Restate, Answer, Text-based detail, Text-based detail)

RATTS (Restate, Answer, Text-based detail, Text-based detail, Sum it up!)

RAPP (Restate, Answer, Prove it, Prove it)

RAPPS (Restate, Answer, Prove it, Prove it, Summary statement)

Writing paper for each with a checklist and evidence statements

teacher comment cards for each.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


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