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STAAR SHORT ANSWER RESPONSES

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STAAR SHORT ANSWER RESPONSES
Step 1: Address the Prompt
answer what is being asked in an intellectual tone
there are NO yes or no answers
refrain from using I, me, or my when answering the question
ALWAYS refer/use either the author's name or the title in your response!
use TRANSITIONS
this line/quote reveals...
this line indicates...
from the text the reader can tell...
his words show the reader...
this is important because...
Step 2: Find the MOST CONVINCING EVIDENCE to support your answer.
Don't just 'drop' the quote....
Crossover:
answers a question about two separate works of literature
these
two
pieces are
thematically
linked
Step 1: You need a topic sentence that addresses the question.
use both titles in this sentence
Single Text/Work Responses
Crossover Short Answer Response
After reading “Postcard: New Delhi,” do you think Gupta’s modified airplane is a good idea?
Gupta's modified airplane is a great idea because it offers education and inspiration to those of a lower socio-economic group of people that might not otherwise be able to afford normal airplane flights.
sprinkle pieces of the quote you use with your own words!
Situate it by using the author/speaker's last name and a speaking verb.
Tag Lines/Speaking Verbs:
claims
states
refers
mentions
reveals...
Whitman's hatred of the enemy was so great that he didn't care.
"Not once did the soldier look down at his enemy."
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.
dropped/stand alone:
embedded quote:
Step 3: Explain and Elaborate (optional)
1-2 sentence elaboration
YOU WILL NEED TO REFERENCE
BOTH
WORKS IN YOUR RESPONSE TO GET A HIGH SCORE!!!!!
Step 2: Evidence from both works
Evidence #1 -
evidence from the FIRST work and commentary that connects your text to the answer to the question
Step 3: Concluding Sentence
Your CS should include one last bit of commentary, usually an insight that shows how your two works relate to one another, the should briefly restate the answer you provided in your topic sentence.
Underline:

books
plays
magazines

Place Quotes Around:
poems
short stories
articles
* Your chosen evidence from the works should be layered...
Transition!

this leads you from the first evidence to the second
Evidence #2 -
Evidence from the second work and commentary that connects your text to the answer to the question
Crossover Example:
A similar characteristic that Heidi and Georgiana both share is that both women are willing to change their natural appearance for others.
In “The Birthmark,” Georgiana aims to please Aylmer and says, ”Remove it, whatever be the cost or we shall both go mad!” She knows that Aylmer might go “mad” if she does not rid herself of the birthmark.

In “Heidi Montag’s Plastic Surgery: Obsession or Addiction?” the author says Heidi was “teased when [she] was younger…which [made her] feel pressure to be more attractive.”

Both women feel the pressure to change their appearance for others and eventually do so.

concluding sentence: ties both stories to question
2nd quote and commentary
Topic sentence: introduces both characters and theme
1st quote and commentary
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