TAKS Open-Ended Response aka  OER This “A-B-C” Strategy Can help you go W.Y.L.D!
What the OER tests <ul><li>The OER is  NOT  a  WRITING  test… </li></ul><ul><li>The OER  IS  a  READING  test! </li></ul><...
Close Reading  — What It Is <ul><li>CLOSE READING  is like looking at the text through a  microscope . </li></ul><ul><li>W...
<ul><li>Read each question carefully before you draft your response.  </li></ul><ul><li>Use the  A-B-C  method to stay on ...
<ul><li>After you have answered the question,  the rest of your response should explain and support your answer. </li></ul...
<ul><li>Do not waste the space that you have. </li></ul><ul><li>PREWRITE in the space provided in your test booklet. </li>...
Ready to A-B-C? <ul><li>Let’s respond to a prompt from Elie Wiesel’s  Night  together… </li></ul>
Sample Question <ul><li>Why did Moshe the Beadle stay in Sighet when the people would not listen to him?  </li></ul>
Sample Response <ul><li>Moshe the Beadle stayed in Sighet because he continued to want to save the people from the dangers...
Remember: A-B-C <ul><li>A - Answer  the question… </li></ul><ul><li>The question was:  “Why did Moshe the Beadle stay in S...
Remember: A-B-C <ul><li>B - Bring in a quote … </li></ul><ul><li>Include only the parts of the quote that are useful to su...
Remember: A-B-C <ul><li>Here’s the whole quote … </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I wanted to come back to Sighet to tell you the s...
Remember: A-B-C <ul><li>C — Make an insightful connection … </li></ul><ul><li>Explain briefly why this quote is a good one...
Remember: A-B-C <ul><li>Here’s the whole thing again: </li></ul><ul><li>A — Answer the question </li></ul><ul><li>Moshe th...
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night—OER response analysis

  1. 1. TAKS Open-Ended Response aka OER This “A-B-C” Strategy Can help you go W.Y.L.D!
  2. 2. What the OER tests <ul><li>The OER is NOT a WRITING test… </li></ul><ul><li>The OER IS a READING test! </li></ul><ul><li>It tests your ability to understand what you read… </li></ul><ul><li>… to analyze the content, and respond with clear thinking to the READING PROMPT you are given. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Close Reading — What It Is <ul><li>CLOSE READING is like looking at the text through a microscope . </li></ul><ul><li>When you look at something through a microscope, you notice things you didn’t notice at first glance . </li></ul><ul><li>You look beyond the obvious … </li></ul><ul><li>You see in finer detail … </li></ul><ul><li>You “ read between the lines ”… </li></ul><ul><li>You see not only what the author literally has to say… </li></ul><ul><li>You see the meaning the author psychologically wants to convey. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Read each question carefully before you draft your response. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the A-B-C method to stay on track. </li></ul><ul><li>A – Answer the question </li></ul><ul><li>B – Bring in a quote </li></ul><ul><li>C – make an insightful Connection </li></ul><ul><li>The first sentence of your response should clearly A — Answer the question… </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>After you have answered the question, the rest of your response should explain and support your answer. </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to include a quote from the selection that enhances your answer . </li></ul><ul><li>Any old quote won’t do; the quote you use must support and/or explain your point. </li></ul><ul><li>(Include a quote from both selections in the 3 rd question) </li></ul><ul><li>If you are asked to discuss a change in a character, be sure to mention how the character was BEFORE and AFTER the change. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Do not waste the space that you have. </li></ul><ul><li>PREWRITE in the space provided in your test booklet. </li></ul><ul><li>Smoothly blend the portion of the quote that you need to make your point into your response. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not cite the quotation. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not skip lines. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not write outside the box. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Ready to A-B-C? <ul><li>Let’s respond to a prompt from Elie Wiesel’s Night together… </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sample Question <ul><li>Why did Moshe the Beadle stay in Sighet when the people would not listen to him? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sample Response <ul><li>Moshe the Beadle stayed in Sighet because he continued to want to save the people from the dangers he knew were coming. &quot;I wanted to come back to Sighet…” Moshe said, “…so that you could prepare yourselves while there was still time…And see how it is, no one will listen to me...&quot; Moshe loved the the Jews enough to risk his own life again by coming back to warn them. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Remember: A-B-C <ul><li>A - Answer the question… </li></ul><ul><li>The question was: “Why did Moshe the Beadle stay in Sighet when the people would not listen to him?” </li></ul><ul><li>So you say something like…“ Moshe the Beadle stayed in Sighet because </li></ul><ul><li>he continued to want to save the people from the dangers he knew were coming.” </li></ul>
  11. 11. Remember: A-B-C <ul><li>B - Bring in a quote … </li></ul><ul><li>Include only the parts of the quote that are useful to support your point. </li></ul><ul><li>Here’s an example: </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I wanted to come back to Sighet…” Moshe said, “…so that you could prepare yourselves while there was still time…And see how it is, no one will listen to me...&quot; </li></ul>
  12. 12. Remember: A-B-C <ul><li>Here’s the whole quote … </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I wanted to come back to Sighet to tell you the story of my death. So that you could prepare yourselves while there was still time. To live? I don't attach any importance to my life any more. I'm alone. No, I wanted to come back, and to warn you. And see how it is, no one will listen to me....&quot; </li></ul>
  13. 13. Remember: A-B-C <ul><li>C — Make an insightful connection … </li></ul><ul><li>Explain briefly why this quote is a good one. </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Moshe loved the the Jews enough to risk his own life again by coming back to warn them.” </li></ul>
  14. 14. Remember: A-B-C <ul><li>Here’s the whole thing again: </li></ul><ul><li>A — Answer the question </li></ul><ul><li>Moshe the Beadle stayed in Sighet because he continued to want to save the people from the dangers he knew were coming. </li></ul><ul><li>B — Bring in a quote </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;I wanted to come back to Sighet…” Moshe said, “…so that you could prepare yourselves while there was still time…And see how it is, no one will listen to me...&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>C — Make an insightful connection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moshe loved the the Jews enough to risk his own life again by coming back to warn them. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Moshe loved the the Jews enough to risk his own life again by coming back to warn them.” </li></ul>

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