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STAAR Crossover Short Answer (w/ Scarlet Ibis example)

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Emily Hernandez

on 29 September 2014

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Transcript of STAAR Crossover Short Answer (w/ Scarlet Ibis example)

Evidence #2
STAAR Crossover Short Answer Question
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.” He says this because even though his father died a long time ago, he still feels guilty, knowing that his father died 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.” 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 (TS)!
This will be your answer to the question.

Be sure to include the title of each work in your TS!
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 EVIDENCE (E) 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 TS.
How do I answer
crossover questions?

What components do I need?!
Along with this E, you will need COMMENTARY (CM) to describe how the textual evidence you selected relates to the answer you gave in your TS. This is your opportunity to explain how this E 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 #1
Evidence from the FIRST work
and commentary that connects
your text to the answer to the question
Evidence from the SECOND work
and commentary 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 EVIDENCE to support your answer.
Don't just "drop" the quote.
Introduce it by using the author/speaker's last name and a speaking verb, or embed it by answering some W questions.
claims, states, refers, mentions, reveals...
Example of Dropped Quote:
"I should have already admitted defeat, but pride wouldn't let me."
Sprinkle pieces of the quote you use with your own words.
Step 3: Explain and Elaborate
Dropped Quotes are simply using the entire quote.
The narrator admits that his dream of making Doodle normal before school was a failure, and he "should have already admitted defeat, but pride wouldn't let [him]."
Example of an Embedded Quote:
In "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst, a theme is that pride can push us too far and cause us to harm ourselves.
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
How are the themes in Finding Nemo and The Lion King similar?
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