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QUOTE. Another acronym… To help you answer essay questions!. “Q”: Question. Ask, “What is the direction word in the test question? Identify and bracket [ ] the direction word Three direction words often used in essays: Discuss, describe, explain

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QUOTE

Another acronym…

To help you answer essay questions!

q question
“Q”: Question
  • Ask, “What is the direction word in the test question?
  • Identify and bracket [ ] the direction word
  • Three direction words often used in essays:
    • Discuss, describe, explain
  • Example: [Describe] the role of George Washington as the president of the US.
q question1
“Q”: Question
  • More direction words:
    • List -Criticize
    • Trace -Evaluate
    • Relate -Summarize
    • Diagram -Compare
u underline
“U”: Underline
  • After bracketing the direction word, underline the words that help you focus on the ideas to develop your answer.
  • Example:
    • The Great Depression was the worst economic period in American history. [Explain] why the Great Depression happened when it did.
o organize write
“O”: Organize/Write
  • Look at or write the words you underlined in the essay test item.
  • Write the facts that are related to the words you underlined.
  • Organize the facts by creating a graphic organizer.
  • Using the graphic organizer as a guide, write your answer.
o organize write1
“O”: Organize/Write
  • To write a one-paragraph answer:
    • Begin with an intro sentence that contains your MAIN POINT
    • Follow this sentence with sentences that SUPPORT your main point
    • End your answer with a sentence that states your CONCLUSION
o organize write2
“O”: Organize/Write
  • Answers that require more than one paragraph:
    • Begin with an into paragraph that contains your MAIN POINT
    • Follow with additional paragraphs, each of which has SUPPORTING POINTS
    • End with a paragraph in which you state your CONCLUSION
t time
“T”: Time
  • You should decide how much time to spend answering each item.
  • To do that:
    • Determine the total time you have to complete the test.
    • Consider how many points each item is worth. Plan to use more time for the items that count for the most points
t time1
“T”: Time
  • Continued…
    • Write in front of each item the amount of time you plan to use answering the item.
    • Make sure that the time you plan for answering all items is not greater than the total time you have to take the test.
      • If the time you planned is greater than the time you have, revise your plan.
t time2
“T”: Time
  • Practice:
    • You have to take an essay test that has 4 items.
    • The test counts for 100 points, one item is 40 points, the other three are worth 20 points each.
    • You have 60 minutes to take the test.
t time3
“T”: Time
  • How long do you have?_________
  • Which item should you spend the most time on?_____________
  • How much time do you plan to spend on each item?
    • Item 1 _____ -Item 3______
    • Item 2 _____ -Item 4______
t time4
“T”: Time
  • Add the amounts to find the total amount of time you planned. ____________
  • Is you total time planned greater than the total time you have to take the test? ________
  • What should you do if your planned time is greater than the time you have?
e evaluate
“E”: Evaluate
  • Evaluate the essay test answer your wrote by thinking about the following items:
    • Content:
      • Did you answer all the parts of the question?
      • Did you include all relevant facts?
      • Are all your facts accurate?
    • Writing:
      • Does my answer begin with an introduction?
      • Does my answer have supporting points?
      • Does my answer end with a conclusion?
e evaluate1
“E”: Evaluate
    • Mechanics
      • Is my handwriting legible?
      • Did I spell all the words correctly?
      • Did I use correct punctuation?
      • Did I use correct grammar?
  • If you need to, correct any of these items to get the best grade possible.
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