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					HOW TO WRITE
CONSTRUCTED
RESPONSE
ANSWERS…

  …and not lose your mind!
What are constructed response
questions?


    Some people call them essay questions.

    They require you to write at least one
     paragraph.

    Sometimes you have to use old
     information in a new, creative way.
Where will you find
constructed response
questions?

      Classroom tests
      MEA questions
How can you recognize a
constructed response question?
    Carefully read the question.

    Look for words like
           EXPLAIN        DESCRIBE
           COMPARE       CONTRAST
                   DISCUSS
Danger! Danger!
Never make a list for an answer
   to a constructed response
           question!
So how do you write a good
constructed response answer?



   Check out the following slides for some
                 good ideas!
STEP 1
    READ THE QUESTION SLOWLY AND
     CAREFULLY.

    READ THE QUESTION SLOWLY AND
     CAREFULLY.

    READ THE QUESTIONS SLOWLY AND
     CAREFULLY.
STEP 2
 Now you’re ready to begin your answer.

 Your first sentence should restate the
   question, but not answer it.
 Example: Why do students get excited
   about vacation?

 How would you answer this question?
BAD EXAMPLE
 STUDENTS GET EXCITED ABOUT VACATION
   BECAUSE THEY LIKE FREE TIME AND
   SLEEPING LATE.

 You’ve answered so much in your first
   sentence, that you have nowhere to go. It’s
   hard to add more ideas, when you’ve said so
   much in your first sentence.
GOOD EXAMPLE
 STUDENTS GET EXCITED ABOUT
  VACATION FOR SEVERAL REASONS.


 Now you’ve gotten started, and you also
  know how to keep going by adding
  more details in the rest of your
  sentences.
STEP 3
  Add detail
  Add more details
  And add more details


 This part is really pretty easy!
Good idea…
 It’s usually a good idea to use the following
    words to make your middle sentences go
    together better:
 First              Second           For instance
 On one hand…on the other hand
 In the first place…in the second place…
 Then         Now              Next
 However            Afterward        Finally
STEP 4
 Write an ending sentence. You can start
  your last sentence by using these
  words:

      In conclusion      As a result
      Consequently       Therefore
STEP 5
 Read your answer. Fix any mistakes in
  spelling, capitalization, grammar, and
  punctuation. Make sure all the letters
  in all the words are written clearly.
STEP 6
 Read your answer one more time.

    Does it answer the question?

    Does it make sense?

    Does it say what you mean?
HERE’S A SUMMARY OF ALL 6
STEPS:
 1.   Read the question slowly and carefully.
 2.   Your first sentence should restate the
      question, but not answer it.
 3.   Add detail, after detail, then more details.
 4.   Write an ending sentence.
 5.   Read your answer and fix all mechanical
      errors.
 6.   Read your answer for meaning.
HERE’S ONE FINAL QUESTION:
 Practice all 6 steps on your own. When
   you finish, give your answer to your
   teacher for a grade.

 Question: What would happen to life on
  earth without the sun?

				
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