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STAAR Crossover Short Answer (A.P.E.)

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on 19 February 2015

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STAAR Crossover Short Answer Question:
Using A.P.E. to Rock It!

The Lion King and Finding Nemo both contain the central theme: sometimes we feel guilty for hurting those we care about.
In the Lion King, Simba states,
“You said you'd always be there for me! But you're not. And it's because of me. It's my fault. It's my fault,” (p. 42)
He says this because even though his father died a long time ago, he still feels guilty. Knowing that his father dies trying to rescue him.
In Finding Nemo, Marlin, Nemo’s father, says,
“Nemo, see he was mad at me. And maybe he wouldn't have done it if I hadn't been so tough on him, I don't know, but now he’s gone,” (p. 63)
One of the reasons that Nemo’s dad is so desperate to find him is because he feels guilty about the way he treated his son.

Both Simba and Marlin feel guilty for putting their loved one in harm’s way.
On crossover short answers, you will need to answer a question about two separate works of literature and discuss how they are thematically linked. This means you will have to write about how the themes in these two works are similar.

You'll need a TOPIC SENTENCE!
This will be your answer (A) to the question.

Be sure to include the title of each work in your A!
Transitions are important!
You will need a transition word or statement that will lead into your discussion of the second work.

It shouldn't sound awkward or odd!
Let's take another look at where to place our transitions...
Next, you'll need PROOF (P) from each of the works!
Now bring your answer to a close with your
Concluding Statement (CS)!
Your CS should include one last bit of commentary, usually an insight that shows how your two works relate to one another, then should briefly restate the answer you provided in your first sentence.
How do I answer
crossover questions?

What components do I need?!
Along with this P, you will need an EXPLANATION (E) to describe how the textual evidence you selected relates to the answer you gave in your A. This is your opportunity to explain how this P connects to your answer.

Your chosen evidence from the works should be layered! It should look something like this:
What am I supposed to do on a crossover short answer question?
Evidence from the FIRST work
and EXPLANATION that connects
your text to the answer to the question
Evidence from the SECOND work
and EXPLANATION that connects
your text to the answer to the
Transitional word or phrase
that will lead into your
next piece of evidence.
Let's look at an example!
Addressing Short Answer Prompts
Step One: Address the Prompt
Answer what is being asked fully in an intellectual tone.
Step Two: Find the MOST CONVINCING
to support your answer.
Don't just "drop" the quote.
Situate it by using the author/speaker's last name and a speaking verb.
claims, states, refers, mentions, reveals...
Example of Dropped Quote:
"Not once did the solider look down at his wounded enemy."
Sprinkle pieces of the quote you use with your own words.
Step 3:
xplain and
Dropped Quotes are simply using the entire quote.
Whitman reveals
that the soldier's hatred for his enemy was so great that he
"never once looked down"
to acknowledge him, but continued firing instead.
Example of Blended Quote:
John Whitman, uses direct language and visual imagery to reveal the heartlessness of soldiers during war.
Always use the author's name and name of piece when possible.
1-2 sentence explanation!
use transition!
this line/quote reveals
from the text we can tell.
this line indicates
his words show the reader
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