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Answering “Short Answer Summary Response” Questions. Reading Tasks. What is it?. A “Short Answer Summary Response” occurs after reading an INFORMATIONAL (factual) selection You are asked to “SUMMARIZE THIS SELECTION. INCLUDE A MAIN IDEA AND ONE DETAIL THAT SUPPORTS IT.” . Remember?.

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What is it
What is it?

  • A “Short Answer Summary Response” occurs after reading an INFORMATIONAL (factual) selection

  • You are asked to “SUMMARIZE THIS SELECTION. INCLUDE A MAIN IDEA AND ONE DETAIL THAT SUPPORTS IT.”


Remember
Remember?

  • For those of you who did the Practice Test, you read a selection about Northern Ontario mining communities using converted passenger rail cars as small schools during the early years of the 20th century.

  • In general, these selections usually deal with Canadian history, symbols, or attractions


Things to note
Things to Note:

  • The wording of the question:

    • SUMMARIZE this selection

    • INCLUDE A MAIN IDEA and….

    • ONE DETAIL THAT SUPPORTS IT.

    • NOTICE: You are NOT asked to express your opinion—do not include any personal ideas or thoughts in your answer


First things first use the rough notes area
First Things First (use the Rough Notes area!)

  • Determine what the main idea is (if you had to explain to someone what the selection was about, what would you say?). This should be an overall general statement

  • Determine which detail in the selection best SHOWS what the text is about


Next:

  • Begin your answer by rewording the question:

    • “This selection is about….” and outline the topic covered by the text

    • Then, provide a detail from the selection that best supports the topic of the text. CLOSELY paraphrase the sentence(s) or even provide a direct quotation, ensuring you use quotation marks correctly. Use names, dates, specific places, etc.

    • Sum up what you’ve written with a concluding thought that is closely related to the selection’s topic.


Now check it over
Now check it over…

  • Do you use almost all the space provided (not more and not less)?

  • Do you avoid vague language (like “it”, “they”, “the place”). Be as specific as possible, especially when outlining your supporting detail (include dates, names, specific places, etc.)

  • Do you use proper language conventions (spelling, punctuation, tenses)

  • Have you accurately summarized the selection?


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