A student asked me this question the other day, and I was momentarily stunned. Why did I make them reread and write detailed explanations? Was it only to pass state tests?
The answer was a resounding no! I gave her a longer explanation, but it motivated me to create something that would hang in my classroom. It is important for students to see that deep thinking, picking apart the meaning, and understanding its value are life skills.
So, if this speaks to you as well, enjoy!