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					     Keys to Success on the
     Constructed Response
Success Strategies for the Open-Ended Items
           on the Reading PSSA
        Why is this important?

• A Proficient or Advanced score on the PSSA
  Reading 11 is a state requirement for graduation.
• The Constructed Response portion of the test
  counts for approximately 20 percent of your score.
• Skipping these questions, or not answering them
  to your full ability, is not in your best interest.
     Plan: Analyze the Question

• Read the question carefully.
• Restate the question in your own words.
• Re-read the question and divide it into parts.
  (There is always more than one part to the question.)
• Circle, underline, or highlight each part of
  the question.
  (This will help to ensure that you don’t miss a required
  part of the question in your answer.)
     Plan: Analyze the Question

6. Identify at least two personality traits
  displayed by the author. Explain how each
  trait made the author a good candidate for
  the Shuttle-Mir program. Use details from
  the passage to support your response.
• Task 1 – Identify two personality traits
• Task 2 – Explain how each trait made Shannon Lucid a
  good candidate for the Shuttle-Mir program
• Task 3 – Use passage details to support my choices
          Plan: Use the Passage
• Look for facts, examples,
  and details in the passage
  that will help you to
  answer the question.
  Circle, underline, or
  highlight these facts,
  examples, and details.
• Jot down key points and
  supporting details in a
  logical order. You will be
  given scratch paper for
  planning.
 Write: “Say it! Support it! Explain it!”
• SAY (State) your answer to the question in the
  first sentence using key words from the question.
• SUPPORT your opening statement with details
  and examples from the text.
• EXPLAIN how your details and examples from
  the text reinforce your answer to the question.

  The open-ended items will NOT require you to
  make “personal connections” in your response.
         Write: Use Transitions
 Your response should include transitional words
 or phrases to suit the purpose of your writing.


• to indicate time         • to show place or location
• to give instructions     • to explain a problem
• to show how things are   • to make a point
  alike                    • to explain a process
• to show how things are   • to explain a cause or an
  different                  effect
• to add information       • to conclude
Review: Did I complete the task?

• Did I answer all parts of the question?
• Did I include the right number of specific
  details from the text to support my answer?
• Did I explain how my details and examples
  from the text reinforced my answer?
• Did I read my answer for clarity?
How will my response be scored?

• Review the Open-Ended Item-Specific Scoring
  Guideline. (Page 11of Grade 11Reading Item Sampler 2006-2007)
• Examine the sample open-ended item responses
  for each response score. (These can be found on pages 12
  through 17 of the Grade 11Reading Item Sampler 2006-2007.)
• Score your response to question 6 in class using
  the Open-Ended Item-Specific Scoring Guideline.
       Revise Your Response

• Based on the suggestions in this
  presentation, the Open-Ended Item-Specific
  Scoring Guideline, and the sample
  responses given by the Pennsylvania
  Department of Education, REVISE your
  response.
• Your goal for this task is to write a top
  scoring response.
Let’s Try Again…

• Repeat the scoring and revision procedures
  for question 19.
• The Open-Ended Item-Specific Scoring Guideline for item
  19 is found on Page 29 of the Grade 11Reading Item
  Sampler 2006-2007.
• The anchor papers (exemplars) for item 19 can be found on
  pages 30 through 35 of the Grade 11Reading Item Sampler
  2006-2007.

				
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