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Copy of Open-Ended Questions & RSSE

Strategies for responding to open-ended questions.
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Shari Kaine

on 16 October 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Open-Ended Questions & RSSE

Open Ended Questions
RSSE
Strategies for Success!
In order to get the finished product you need all parts of the formula:

Answer ALL parts of the question
Restate the question in your response for each question
Support your response with specific details from the story (quotes)
Support the text by explaining in your own words
Extend - Connect to your life, the world, or another text.
Think of it as a formula...
First. . . .
Answer ALL parts of the question!
Example: “Jim tumbled down on the couch and put his hands under the back of his head and smiled.”

Explain what happens when Jim arrives home from work.
Explain how Jim is able to smile despite his current situation.

Use information from the story to support your answer.

How many parts are there to this question?
What are they?
Second. . .
Restate the question in your response for EACH question.
Example: “Jim tumbled down on the couch and put his hands under the back of his head and smiled.”

Explain what happens when Jim arrives home from work.
Explain how Jim is able to smile despite his current situation.

Use information from the story to support your answer.

Answer:
In O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi", when Jim arrived home from work he saw that his wife Della had cut off her beautiful hair, her most prized possession.
Jim is still able to smile despite his current situation because…
Third . . .
As a general rule: One question = One Paragraph
Support your answers with specific details from the text (QUOTES) and explain HOW the text supports your answer.
Example: “Jim tumbled down on the couch and put his hands under the back of his head and smiled.”

Explain what happens when Jim arrives home from work.
Explain how Jim is able to smile despite his current situation.

Use information from the story to support your answer.

Answer:
On page 206 of the text Jim states, “I don’t think there’s anything in the way of a haircut or a shave or a shampoo that could make me like my girl any less.” This statement highlights the fact that Jim loves his wife Della regardless of the fact that she cut her hair.
And Finally . . .
EXTEND!! ~to self, world, or text
Example: “Jim tumbled down on the couch and put his hands under the back of his head and smiled.”
Explain what happens when Jim arrives home from work.
Explain how Jim is able to smile despite his current situation.
Use information from the story to support your answer.

Answer:
I can connect to the story because one time I decided to give my sister my favorite stuffed animal because I didn’t have enough money to buy her a present. Even though I no longer had my favorite possession, I was happy that my sister was happy. Like Della and Jim in the story I learned that love is the greatest gift of all.
Let's put it all together!
In O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi", when Jim arrived home from work he saw that his wife Della had cut off her beautiful hair, her most prized possession. Jim is still able to smile despite his current situation because to him all that matters is that he has Della and that they love each other. On page 206 of the text Jim states, “I don’t think there’s anything in the way of a haircut or a shave or a shampoo that could make me like my girl any less.” This statement highlights the fact that Jim loves his wife Della regardless of the fact that she cut her hair. I can connect to the story because one time I decided to give my sister my favorite stuffed animal because I didn’t have enough money to buy her a present. Even though I no longer had my favorite possession, I was happy that I made my sister happy and that’s what matters the most. Like Della and Jim in the story I learned that love is the greatest gift of all.
Uh-oh! I left something out. Work with your partner to find my error.
Open Ended Questions
Always be specific with your details.
Never assume the reader knows what you are talking about.
Watch your transitions!!
Try not to repeat transition words.
Refer to your transition handout for help and ideas!
Explain, Explain, Explain!!
Always explain WHY or HOW your connection & text support relates to your response.

When in doubt, explain in more detail!
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