STAAR/ EOC: Short Answer Response- Open Ended Question Unit

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This is an 10+ day STAAR short answer response (SAR) unit. This unit has been used with ESL students and with students who have failed the test and needed a more intense and scaffolded approach to the short answer response. Each lesson can be modified easily based on your students' needs and each lesson has a brief explanation of how it has been presented in my class.

**Before Teaching**
Check out my 3 Week Warm Up: Describe and Evaluate! Each warm up asks 3 questions to get students to use the same strategy in the Short Answer Response which is APE: Answer- Provide Proof- Evaluate. This gets students in the mindset before actually teaching the SAR

*Please also look at the Preview*
*If you love this, I also have an Expository Essay Unit!*

Day 1: The PowerPoint notes (11 slides) will explain the necessary components of the short answer response for STAAR and the criteria for the points. There are three practice opportunities following the notes. The first, I model with the students. The second, the students try to complete in pairs. The third, individually.

Day 2: Students complete a gallery walk writing a SAR in regards to 4 pictures. Student examples shared on overhead/can be analyzed with worksheet. (6 slides)

Day 3: Students work in timed pairs (or jigsaw) writing a SAR in regards to 6 short reading articles. Student examples shared on overhead/ can be analyzed with worksheet. (9 slides)

Day 4: Teachers reads a literary example from "The Book Thief" and models how to write margin notes. Class together/in pairs writes a SAR. Students also read an informative speech given by Bush after 9/11 and write a SAR. (5 slides)

Bonus Materials: An extra single response SAR and two single response SARs from released STAAR exam. Also a Kahoots game where students score SARs.

Day 5-6: Students take notes (6 slides) on the cross over (or paired response). Four pairs of pictures are then presented. Teacher models taking T-Notes. Students in group/pairs then take T-Notes on note paper or large butcher paper set up around the class. On day 6, teacher models writing a SAR based on T-Notes. Students in pairs/ individually write the other two SARs. Analysis worksheet is provided if needed for finished crossovers. (10 slides)

Day 7-8: Students read a short text and look at a picture to create the SAR. First text is informational- Churchill’s speech “We Shall Fight on the Beaches” and the second literary text is from “Great Expectations." There are three prompts total: two that ask the students to cross over the reading excerpt and a picture, the third that asks them to cross over both reading excerpts. Student can write in pairs then individually. We have also made the first two a game where students in groups write an Answer on a sentence strip and the class votes on the best. Then students write one proof on a sentence strip and again vote. This is timed to help students get used to the fact that test is timed.

Day 9: Students continue crossover SAR. They read two reading excepts (informational and literary) about Maya Angelou. One a news article on her life and the one of her poems, “On the Pulse of Morning.”

Day 10: Students read and write the single response and cross over based off released STAAR exams. Link to exams is provided as I can not put the entire exam on here. I give what exam I use (Eng. I- 2013) and the page numbers I print from that exam. Very easy.

Bonus: cute SAR Toolbox with comprehensive information. In addition, a foldable teachers can print or student may make to again, review the main components of the SAR.

STAAR EOC Short Answer Response by Paige Vetter is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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STAAR/ EOC: Short Answer Response- Open Ended Question Unit
STAAR/ EOC: Short Answer Response- Open Ended Question Unit
STAAR/ EOC: Short Answer Response- Open Ended Question Unit
STAAR/ EOC: Short Answer Response- Open Ended Question Unit