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Analyzing Prompts and Questions; & SOAP

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Matthew Singleton

on 24 October 2012

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Transcript of Analyzing Prompts and Questions; & SOAP

Making Sense of a Mess analyzing and setting up to answer complex prompts and questions http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_WAibl-XLx4/TuIm8kbQ-HI/AAAAAAAAAOg/lsmcEEUw1Mc/s1600/Oscar_the_Grouch_Wallpaper__yvt2.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3022/2705818036_5e15ae0c4e.jpg http://www.parentingstartshere.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/messy-room.jpg lesson created and narrated by Mr. Singleton and Mr. O'Hara, NISD Analyze the prompt or question. SOAAP Subject, Occasion, Author, Audience, Purpose Tip #1: Everything on
the page matters. Tip #2: Look for instructions. Tip #3: Look for hints. Tip #4: Look for the actual question or task you're being asked to do. Tip #5: Look for key words in the actual question. instructions instructions hints/extra info hints/extra info actual question/prompt Tip #6: Organize your ideas and make a plan before you write! KEY WORDS in a question or prompt almost always include the specific ACTION or TYPE OF THINKING and WRITING that the test makers are going to score you on. describe analyze discuss define argue explain create KEY WORDS in a question or prompt can also include the type of writing they are asking you to create. narrative story essay literary analysis argument letter the instructions will usually give you more info on what each type of writing is! Sometimes a prompt or question will ask you to base your answer on a piece of writing. It helps to determine this basic information about the text before you try and answer the question. Subject: What is the topic of the text about? Occasion: Why/when was it written? What is the context? Audience: Who was meant to see/hear the text originally? Purpose: What action or result did the writer or speaker want to happen after the audience read the text? PURPOSE OCCASION AUDIENCE AUTHOR Author: Who wrote the text or gave the speech? SUBJECT
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