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Written Response With Textual Evidence

Paragraph format, MLA citation, and Model with activities
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Elizabeth Suchanski

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Transcript of Written Response With Textual Evidence

Written Responses
Using Evidence to Support our Ideas
What is the theme of "Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto?
A written response is a short paragraph where you answer a particular question about a story or article, and use evidence from the text you are reading to support that position.
Concluding Sentence
Explanation Sentences
Topic Sentence
Final Checklist
Topic Sentence EXAMPLE:
The short story "Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto shows how Victor does many things showing he likes Teresa, including embarrassing himself before he gets to French class.
You must provide 2 short passages from the text that support the Answer in your topic sentence. This is the
C
and
E
in
TRACE
. Think ICE:
Victor waits outside homeroom to see if he could "bump into her and say something clever," but he ends up just saying “Yea, that’s me” when Teresa says “Hi, Victor” (Soto 23).
After each passage, you must write a sentence or two that EXPLAINS how the passage proves or relates to the ANSWER.
Body Sentences Example:
This sentence is the last sentence in your paragraph. It re-states the Answer and provides closure to the paragraph.
Concluding Sentence Example:
In the end, it is not surprising that he does something embarrassing during French because he likes Teresa since he has already done similar things before.

Includes all parts of an effective paragraph (topic sentence, body sentences, concluding sentence)
Body Sentences
Written Response Sample Questions:
Yellow: Tell where you got it (author, title)
Red: Restate or Reference the question
Green: Answer the question
Pink: Introduce and Cite evidence that proves your answer
Blue: Explain your evidence
Bonuses!
Transitions words in purple
Concluding Sentence in gray
Using the sample paragraph in your notes, highlight the elements of an effective Written response.
• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.
7.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence
to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.
7.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text
and analyze its development over the course of the text.

• CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.
7.3 Analyze
how particular elements
(plot)
of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

Essential Question:
How do I answer a written response question well?

What happens before French class that explains why Victor is willing to pretend to speak French?
By the end of this video you will understand how TRACE helps your write a written response and see an example.
As we go through the video, remember the following:
Stop and take notes when you see the or the if you are supposed to highlight.
Power of the Pause: pause as often as you need to!
Use the rule of 5: write down the ideas in your own words using 5 words or less.
What is a written response?
Sentence Frames for the explanation:
• This (quote) shows that _________________.
• This gives evidence that ______.
• The textual evidence suggests that __________.
You've finished watching!

Last Steps: Write your summary for the video on your note page as well as your HOT question.

Make sure your notes are complete, and submit them to Schoog before you come to class.

What is TRACE?
T: Tell where you got it (author, title)
E: Explain your evidence
C: Introduce and Cite evidence that proves your answer
A: Answer the question
R: Restate or Reference the question
This is the first sentence in your paragraph and includes the
T R A
from TRACE. This is where you
TELL
where you got it, (title and author),
RESTATE
or
REFERENCE
the question and
ANSWER
the question.
E: Explain the evidence
C: Cite the Author
I: Introduce the quote or passage
Examples:
Later the story explains how he embarrasses himself over Teresa in English class. His teacher says, "Yes, now somebody give me an example of a person--you, Victor Rodriquez" (Soto 23). Victor blurts out Teresa's name and "he felt himself blushing again" (Soto 23).
Provide Context:
Introduce the Quote
• How can you include that info and KEEP IT SHORT?
• What background information does the reader need to know?
Sentence Frames:
• The text states . . .
• (Character/Person) says . . .
• According to the text . . .
• According to the author . . .

Include the exact words from the text.
Cite the Evidence
After the quote, include:

• Put the quote or passage in “quotation marks.”
• Choose a short, succinct passage.
• The period for the sentence goes AFTER the citation.
• Use parenthesis (Soto 16)
• Author's last name + Page Number. This is called the “in text citation”
.
Victor waits outside homeroom to see if he could "bump into her and say something clever," but he ends up just saying “Yea, that’s me” when Teresa says “Hi, Victor” (Soto 23).
This shows that he has trouble thinking in front of her and will probably do something embarrassing.

This shows that he is always thinking about her which increases the chances of doing something embarrassing.
Later the story explains how he embarrasses himself over Teresa in English class. His teacher says, "Yes, now somebody give me an example of a person--you, Victor Rodriquez" (Soto 23). Victor blurts out Teresa's name and "he felt himself blushing again" (Soto 23).
Maintains the 3rd person (DO NOT USE "I' OR 'YOU")
Uses at least 2 transitional words/phrases
Follows the TRACE pattern
• What is happening in the story where the passage comes from?
That's all folks!
DO NOT USE phrases like, “That’s why” or “Those are all the reasons.”
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