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March 24-28


Single selection short answer

SINGLE SELECTION SHORT ANSWER


Short answer single

Short Answer- Single

  • An analytical response to a single reading selection

    • Short Story (fiction)

    • Poem

    • Nonfiction

  • T - thesis

  • E - evidence

  • A - analysis

How do I organize my ideas?


Short answer single1

Short Answer - Single

  • Sample prompt from DBA

After reading “Postcard: New Delhi,” do you think Gupta’s modified airplane is a good idea? Explain your answer and support it with evidence from the selection.

First Step: What is the questions asking me?

It’s not simply a YES or NO question. You have to explain why you think his modified airplane is or is not a good idea.


Literal vs nonliteral answers and analysis

Literal vs. NonliteralAnswers and Analysis

  • Literal = surface level

    • Plot summary

    • Repeating the text

  • Nonliteral = deeper understanding

    • What is the bigger picture/message the selection is trying to convey?

    • What is YOUR interpretation of the text?

Did you barely scratch the surface with your answer?

…or did you dig a little deeper?


Blended quotes

Blended Quotes

Chunked:

“‘We are fulfilling life wishes,’ says Gupta.” “Still for many passengers, the experience is mainly about letting dreams take wing.”

Blended:

The modified airplane is “fulfilling life wishes,” but mostly “the experience is mainly about letting dreams take wings.”

Does it look like you just copied and pasted your quotes?


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Single Selection Score

Let’s look at student samples from the DBA! Why did they get a 3, 2, 1, or 0?


Student example score 0

Student Example – Score 0

No it’s not a good idea because they don’t have enough money to make the plane to be good.They was have lost luggage, flight delays and were low on food. They also wasn’t as safe, they had to kids to a seat. Then they passengers was crammed so…the flight wouldn’t be as comfortable.

Incorrect answer!


Student example score 1

Student Example – Score 1

I think that Gupta’s modified airplane is a good idea. It’s a good idea because where he’s from most people don’t know what to do on an airplane because they’ve never ridden on one before, so he’s trying to help people better know what to do when and if they do ride one.“People have money, but do not know how to behave.”People can pay for a ticket on an airplane, but they don’t know what to do, or how to behave when they ride one.

Is the purpose of the modified plane to teach people how to act on a plane? No, this point is made as a secondary reason. If you look in the article, the wife states the idea in the last paragraph.

All answers that were related to this idea received a 1 because they were surface level answers.


Student example score 11

Student Example – Score 1

After reading “Postcard: New Delhi” I think that Gupta’s modified airplane was a good idea because it educates people about how to act on airplanes.Gupta’s wife Nirmal Jindal says “we want to orient them about aviation manners.”This shows that they want teach people how to act on airplanes. Because no one wants a rude passenger to fly with them.

Is the purpose of the modified plane to teach people how to act on a plane? No, this point is made as a secondary reason. If you look in the article, the wife states the idea in the last paragraph.

All answers that were related to this idea received a 1 because they were surface level answers.


Student example score 2

Student Example – Score 2

In “Postcard: New Dehli,” Gupta’s modified airplane is a good idea because it simulates the experience of air travel to the people who can’t afford it.Gupta’s plane “offers the adventure of air travel without the cost – or even the travel.”The innovation of the modified airplane gives the sensation of air travel without actually flying. Passengers learn how to act and behave in an airplane and what to do in case of an emergency. The experience of air travel can happen by paying a small fee or it might even be free.

Now we are digging a little deeper! The purpose of the plane is to give people an experience that they might never have in the future.


Student example score 3

Student Example – Score 3

Gupta’s Airbus 3000 proves to be a success due to the fact that it has inspired many Indian people.It is “fulfilling life wishes,” but mostly “the experience is mainly about letting dreams take wings” (Robinson 4-5).The airbus is an amazing idea because it teaches people about planes, inspires them about being a pilot, and lets them experience what it is like to be on an airplane. It is also a very smart idea because it educates children, and teaches them what a plane does. Overall, the Airbus 3000 has let people have an experience of a lifetime that they could never afford, and has inspired them in many ways.

This answer is a more perceptive idea, and the text evidence used is specific and well chosen.


Student example score 31

Student Example – Score 3

Many lower-class income families would love to have a plane ride experience; thus, building a plane replica is a great idea because it widens children’s job selections while allowing them to experience a new adventure. Gupta believes that he, “…[is] fulfilling life wishes,” and is showing kids that “… if they study hard they might become a pilot.” Due to the comments of the “passengers” and attendants, it’s apparent that Mr. Gupta is immensely changing the lives of people that have come in contact with his Airbus. Allowing people to life a dream is a refreshing and inspirational idea for the people of India.

The student had a unique answer that looked at the bigger picture for India.


Practice waka s gift

Practice: “Waka’s Gift”

Do you think that Rinko has conflicted feelings about her gift? Explain your answer and support it with evidence from the selection.

Why do you think


Peer critique

Peer Critique

  • Let’s look at our practice short answers.


Crossover connecting short answer

CROSSOVER/CONNECTINGSHORT ANSWER


Short answer crossover

Short Answer Crossover

  • 2 Texts

    • Short story/short story

    • Short story/poem

  • Compare or Contrast

    • Thesis

    • Evidence 1

    • Analysis 1

    • Evidence 2

    • Analysis 2

How do I organize my ideas?

  • Contrast

  • Thesis

  • Evidence 1

  • Evidence 2

  • Analysis 1

  • Analysis 2


Short answer crossover1

Short Answer- Crossover

  • Sample prompt from DBA

    What message do you think the speaker in “Sunday Morning Early” and the narrator of “I Wish I Was a Poet” are trying to convey? Explain your answer and support with evidence from both selections.

  • First step: Break down the question

  • Message… trying to convey

  • Explain

  • Evidence from both selections


Crossover rubric

Crossover Rubric

  • Let’s look at scoring, then our short answers


Analysis literal vs deep

Analysis: Literal vs. Deep

Literal

plot summary

repeating what happened

To interpret means "to offer possible meanings.”

Intepretation

Your perception

Deeper meaning

Something NEW


Student example score 12

Student example- score 1

  • In both of these poems it’s saying that things should just be left alone.In Sunday Morning the speaker just wants to “leave well enough alone.” In I wish I was a poet she says “it’s just a story.” These poems show that things should just be left alone.

The answer does have text evidence. They are both blended quotes.

but…

Literal, nothing NEW

ASK

Do the quotes ADD meaning, or are they filling space? Quote needs support- needs the analysis! That is where the scoring comes in- the analysis. The quote is not the reason or the meaning. It’s the analysis.


Student example score 21

Student example – score 2

  • The message that both the speaker in “Sunday Morning Early” and the narrator in “I Wish I Was a Poet” are trying to convey would be to appreciate the simple and important things in life. “That’s the trick in life- learning to leave well enough alone.” (Romtvedt) This quote emphasizes the fact that the speaker realizes the importance of that moment. “… she leaned over a bowl of red roses that were there and ever so gently breathed in the sweet smell. (Childress) This line shows how this lady came to appreciate something as simple as roses. Both authors realize there is something about simple things to treasure.


Student example score 32

Student example- score 3

  • The speaker in "Sunday Morning Early" and the narrator of "I Wish I was a Poet" are trying to convey that some things can't be described as a few simple words because of their feelings towards the words.In "Sunday Early Morning," Romtvedt thinks "I want to say just the right words, / something stronger and truer than a lame I love you" (Romtvedt 17-18).In "I Wish I Was a Poet,"Childress explains that "I'd like to tell people about [experiences] in a poetry way; only I don't know how, and when I tell it, it's just a plain flat story" (Childress 1).In the selections, both the speaker and the narrator seem to be at a loss for words.  They both explain in different ways that some things are just too beautiful to describe in a few words.  Conveying that experience into words would be one of the hardest tasks of their lives.  But that was the beauty of all it.  Some things are best left to be experienced first-hand.

Combined analysis and connects to readers


Practice waka s gift and the giving tree

Practice: “Waka’s Gift” and “The Giving Tree”

  • “Our relationships with others help us to define who we are.”

  • How do “Waka’s Gift” and “The Giving Tree” convey this message? Explain your answer and support it with evidence from both selections.


Peer critique1

Peer Critique

  • Let’s look at our short answers


Test taking strategies revising editing

TEST TAKING STRATEGIESREVISING / EDITING


Test taking tips

Test Taking Tips:

  • Read Thoroughly

  • Annotate and underline as you read

  • Carefully read questions

    • Hint: Think about your answer before looking at the answer choices

  • Thoroughly read each answer choice

  • Return to the text or use a dictionary.

  • Eliminate nonsense answers

  • Don’t panic.

  • Take a break if you need one.


Revising and editing

Revising and Editing


Common mistakes

Common Mistakes:


Fix the tweet

Fix the Tweet:


On your own

On Your Own

  • Read “Language Lesson” and “In Support of Shakespeare” and complete the corresponding exercises.


Essay organization and thesis

ESSAYORGANIZATION AND THESIS


Essay organization thesis writing

Essay Organization & Thesis Writing

DO NOW:

Turn to the section titled “Expository Essay: Thesis and Organization”

PREPARE TO TAKE NOTES


Organization styles

Organization styles

Compare/Contrast

explain how 2+ more things are alikeand different


Organization styles1

Organization styles

Cause/Effect

identifies one or more causes and the resulting effects


Organization styles2

Organization styles

Definition

Describes characteristics or

Features of something


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thesis

grammar & tone

evidence & analysis


Thesis statement

Thesis Statement

A single sentence that expresses what you want your readers to understand; the controlling idea of your essay and road map for your paper

indent Introduce the topic of the essay with background information--------------------------------------------------------------.----------------------. -------------------------------------.------------------------------------------.Thesis statement is the last sentence of the intro paragraph.


Thesis statements

Thesis Statements

What does a thesis look like?

Main idea of paper that answers the question + transition word(s) + topics/reasons of paper.

Examples:

Prompt: What are the multiple meanings of family?

Though the family unit has multiple aspects, two meanings of family are loyalty to one another and acceptance of differences.

Prompt: What social action topic is the most critical and in need of immediate attention?

The water crisis is the most critical social action topic and in need of immediate attention because lack of clean water affects millions of people around the world, and it can easily be solved with social action.


Thesis statement roadmap

Thesis Statement=Roadmap

What will be the topic sentences of each body paragraph??

Prompt: What social action topic is the most critical and in need of immediate attention?

The water crisis is the most critical social action topic and in need of immediate attention because lack of clean water affects millions of people around the world, and it can easily be solved with social action.

¶ #1 Topic Sentence

Residents of Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, and Latin America suffer from unclean drinking water.

¶ #2 Topic Sentence

The water crisis is in need of immediate attention because the problem can easily be solved with water filtration and well systems.

Topic sentences are like mini-thesis statements

for each body paragraph!!

They go at the beginning of each idea.


Body paragraph organization

Body Paragraph Organization

1.) Topic Sentence – shows the main idea of the paragraph

2.) Evidence – facts/data, quotes, examples

3.) Analysis – your analysis, explanation, or interpretation of evidence

4.) Concluding/Transition Sentence – wraps up the main idea of the paragraph, or leads the reader into the idea of the next paragraph

Hmmm, look a little familiar to short answers?

Each paragraph is like a short answer (thesis=topic sentence)


1 sample prompt

1. Sample prompt

Read the following quotation:

Think carefully about how mistakes can be both positive and negative.

Write an essay explaining the effect of mistakes on our lives.

Be sure to -

* state your position

*use appropriate organization

*provide specific support for your argument

*choose your words carefully

*edit your writing for grammar, mechanics, and spelling

“In life, there are no mistakes, only lessons.”

― Vic Johnson, Day by Day with James Allen


2 sample prompt

2. Sample prompt

“For me, I was somebody who was a smart young guy who didn't do very well in school. I didn't fit in to the basic system of education; my intelligence was elsewhere.”― Bruce Springsteen, lead singer of the E Street Band

Read the following quotation:

Think about whether it is better to be aware of the world around you or better to be knowledgeable.

Write an essay explaining which is more important: book smarts or street smarts.

Be sure to -

* state your position

*use appropriate organization

*provide specific support for your argument

*choose your words carefully

*edit your writing for grammar, mechanics, and spelling


3 sample prompt

3. Sample prompt

Read the following quotation:

Think about the positive aspects that arise from adversity.

Write an essay explaining the meaning of struggle in life.

Be sure to -

* state your position

*use appropriate organization

*provide specific support for your argument

*choose your words carefully

*edit your writing for grammar, mechanics, and spelling

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson


4 sample prompt

4. Sample prompt

“If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.― Lyndon B. Johnson

Read the following quotation:

Think carefully about what you would grab in an emergency.

If there was a world disaster, what would be most valuable to save for future generations of society?

Be sure to -

* state your position

*use appropriate organization

*provide specific support for your argument

*choose your words carefully

*edit your writing for grammar, mechanics, and spelling


Essay evidence and analysis

ESSAYEVIDENCE AND ANALYSIS


Essay evidence and analysis1

Essay – Evidence and Analysis

  • Evidence– proof that your topic sentence is true. Cannot be debated. Examples of evidence: Literary or historical examples, personal examples, facts or statistics you know, etc. Evidence follows the topic sentence in each body paragraph and should be only about 2 sentences.

  • Analysis – Arguable. This is opinion that answers the question “So what!?” It also connects to a larger audience. Think “Big picture.” Should be a minimum of two to three sentences in each body paragraph.


Sample prompt from the dba

Sample Prompt from the DBA

Read the following quotation.

Sometimes you can accomplish good things by yourself but even better things with other people. Think carefully about this idea.

Write an essay explaining why sometimes it is better to collaborate with others instead of working alone.

“Unity is strength. When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek


Evidence analysis brainstorming

Evidence / Analysis Brainstorming

  • Evidence: I worked on a school project once and we got a good grade because we helped each other. (This could work, but there are better examples out there. You also should add a bit more detail.)

  • Analysis: My group’s average went up. We learned from each other. (This is really weak analysis. How does this story of your group project apply to all readers? “So what!?”)

  • Analysis: When multiple minds come together, anything is possible. Teamwork is successful because one member’s weakness in the group could be another person’s strength. Multiple talents and assets can be utilized to create an end product that one member alone could not complete.


If possible use historical or literary references as evidence

If possible, use historical or literary references as evidence.

  • Evidence: During the height of the Civil Rights movement, blacks and whites worked together to accomplish peace and equality. These freedom fighters were able to look past their differences to focus on a common goal.

  • Analysis: Groups are able to accomplish so much more together than one person fighting for a cause ever could. One person may be able to create some noise and gather some attention for an issue, but groups of passionate individuals coming together for a united purpose can change the course of history.


On your own1

On Your Own

Read the information in the box below:

When it comes to survival, many think that rules do not apply. Think carefully about this statement.

Write an essay explaining whether traditional laws of society should apply in survival situations.

Often during natural disasters or situations of war, many citizens feel that the normal rules of society do not apply. In these life and death situations, looting, violence, even murder has been committed by individuals who previously had no criminal background. According to the New York Times, New Orleans is even today still investigating the outbreak of violence, theft, and murder in the days following Hurricane Katrina.


On your own2

On Your Own

  • Choose one of the two thesis statements provided (or write one of your own!)

  • Develop two body paragraphs on the provided lined paper, complete with the following elements…

    • A topic sentence to introduce that paragraph (baby thesis)

    • Strong evidence (Think of historical examples or literary pieces we have read this year!)

    • Analysis (The “so what?” and the big picture.)

    • A concluding sentence


Sample body paragraph

Sample Body Paragraph

Another reason that laws should be obeyed in a catastrophe is that your behavior in times of chaos is a direct reflection of your character. For example, during the days following Hurricane Katrina, even though many people were looting and committing horrific acts of violence for survival, some people chose to still follow the laws of New Orleans. This decision to remain law-abiding amidst anarchy says a lot about these individuals. It’s easy to follow the rules when people are watching and there are consequences for bad behavior. It’s quite another to do the right thing even when it’s hard, or in this case, even when it means life or death. Who a person is during a crisis is the most pure reflection of their character because a person’s deepest capabilities and motivations are revealed. It takes true character to remain good even when the world around you is falling apart.


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