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ACE Method for Short Answer Response

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Transcript of ACE Method for Short Answer Response

Step 3: TRANSITION!
Step 4: Cite and Explain Work #2
Short Answer Responses By Leos
A 1 & 2:
Both authors, Frank X Walker and Emma Stewart, were happy as children, enjoying the simple things in life because of their circumstances and family backgrounds.
C & E 1
In Creative solutions to life's challenges, Walker was "mixing tempera paints with powdered detergent and painting the Baskin Robbins windows... and every time I saw people... smile I knew I was getting the best part of the deal" as a child.
TRANSITION
Similarly, in "Back Home"
C & E 2
Stewart "spent a lot of time on the barrel-stare hammock in the backyard.. (and) would swing for hours in the fresh air."
Explain 1 & 2
As Walker found joy in painting, Stewart was delighted while swinging on the hammock. Both actions were ordinary and normal, yet these little things have the impact to make the children's days and it is these times that they remember as the happiest moments as children.
On crossover short answers, you will need to answer a question about
two separate works of literature
and discuss how they are
linked or different
. This means you will have to write about how the two works are
similar or how they contrast
.
Step 1
1. Answer the prompt
and include the titles of
both
works.
Step 5
How do I answer
crossover questions?

What components do I need?!
Step 2: Cite and Explain 1st work
2. Back up your answer
with evidence from the
FIRST
work.
2.5 Comment
on how the evidence from the
first
work connects back to your answer.
4. Back up your answer
with evidence from the
SECOND
work.
4.5. Comment
on how the evidence from the
second
work connects back to your answer.
3. You will need
a transition word or statement
that will
lead into
your reference of the
second
work.
Now...
Let's look at an example!
Step 1:
ANSWER
the prompt
2. Answer what is being asked in an intellectual tone.
Step 2:
CITE
it up with evidence
Example of Dropped Quote:
it states "My fear was so strong and real I was sick with it. Stand up big and tall, my father had instructed. What you want is for that cougar to see you as a meal that’s going to cost him, put up a real fight."
Step 3:
EXPLAIN
with comment and connect
Dropped Quotes are simply using the entire quote.
After seeing the cougar, the narrator of the story stood up for himself when he was scared, "my legs were trembling. I wasn't sure how it happened. how i had gone from bite-sized to intimidating in mid-pounce."
cite - Example of an embedded quote:
Example Prompt: How does the author use language to reveal what the community is like in "The Giver"?

Answer: In
Lois Lowry's


novel
, "
The Giver
,"
Lowry
uses
plain and direct
language
to
reveal
the
lifeless
atmosphere of The Community and the
controlling nature
of The Community's Elders.
1. Use the author's name and the name of the piece when possible.
1. Write a 1-2 sentence explanation of how the quote you selected connects to the prompt.

2. Transition from your quote to your comment about the quote.
"This quote reveals...
"From the text we can tell...
"This line indicates...
"The author's words show the reader...
1. Select the MOST
CONVINCING
evidence to support your answer.

2. Don't
"quote drop."
Instead,
embed
your evidence by introducing the quote, using the author's last name and a marker verb.

3. Explain your quote by combining the quote with
some of your own words
.
3. Use strong associative words to describe the topic.
In [
author's name
]'s [
text type
] "[
title
]", [
author's last name
] uses [
tool or literary device
] to [
marker verb
] [
L2 word
] and [
L2 word
].
Use L2 words as...

an adjective:
"an
L2
[noun]"
"a
lifeless
atmosphere"

a noun:
"a sense (or feeling) of
L2
"
"a sense of
control
"
or "a feeling of
control
"
Introduce your quote:
"In [
line/paragraph #
], [
author's name
] [
marker verb
], "
textual evidence
"
Explain your quote:
"[
Author's name
] is trying to [
marker verb
] a sense of [
L2
] by using words such as [
word from text
] and [
word from text
].
Marker Verbs:
claims
states
refers
mentions
reveals...
2015 Prompt: In “Creative Solutions to Life’s Challenges” and “Back Home,” what made the authors happy as children? Explain your answer and support it with evidence from both selections.
Crossover SARs are JUST like single-text SARs, but...
5.
Conclude
with a statement re-explaining how your two works
relate
to one another.
Crossover SARs
There are 5 steps to writing a Crossover SAR. Here is the breakdown:
Answer:
In the story, "emory's gift" what the narrator learned about himself was that he could be brave and scared at the same time.
The author's
imaginative
story shows the reader that he finds mosquitoes
frustrating
to deal with, and that he would not have any problems smacking one that bit him!
A) In the story, "emory's gift" what the narrator learned about himself was that he could be brave and scared at the same time.
c)

After seeing the cougar, the narrator of the story stood up for himself when he was scared, "my legs were trembling. I wasn't sure how it happened. how i had gone from bite-sized to intimidating in mid-pounce."
E) this shows that he actually faced something life threatening and he dealt with it.
explain: Comment & Connect
A
c
E
What are associative words??
2015 question:
In the excerpt from Emory’s Gift, what does the narrator learn about himself? Explain your answer and support it with evidence from the selection.
The ACE method of
Short Answer Response
Compare and Contrast
Vocabulary

Describing
Similarity

Analogous - The first story is
analogous
(or comparable) to the second story...

Parallel - The stories
parallel
each other in the way..

Other synonyms used:
Correspond, Equivalent, Indistinguishable

Contrasting

Use phrases like:

On the
contrary
, The stories
differentiate
, There is a
distinction
between,
Conversely
(on the other hand)
In
contrast
, The
dissimilarity
between the two stories


Short Answer Facts and Common Mistakes:
The short answer response makes up 20% of your entire STAAR Test SCORE!!!
Many students either don't answer the question or don't try that hard....
Some mistakes students make include
: quote dropping, simply restating the question, not using quotation marks, NOT supporting your with ANSWER with evidence from the passage and an Explanation of the quote.
old ways

old scores
old habits

Strategy tips: Read the short answer passages first.

*They are usually placed toward the end of the test.
So you are burnt out by the time you get to those passages.

* If they are literary passages:
use your literary devices to describe the author's methods.

Example: The author chose to use a metaphor by saying, "Her mouth was a prison for her thoughts" to express the repression that she suffered through in her childhood.
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