Short Answer Responses

A short answer response is not just one sentence. 

It is a short paragraph with three parts.

First, read, understand, and answer the question.

How does Malala respond to the closing of her school? Use specific examples from the text in your answer.

Malala was devastated when the Taliban closed her school.

Second, provide proof (evidence) from the text that supports/ defends your answer. 

Even though she was eleven years old, she didn't want to stop learning. I will get my education if it's at home, school, or somewhere else", she said (paragraph 5). She was determined to fight for her and other's education (paragraph 4). Malala also stated that the Taliban can stop them from going to school, but can't stop them from learning, which shows how much dedication she has.

Finally, conclude your answer with a sentence or two that wraps up your point.

Despite the devastation she felt and the tears she shed, Malala continued to fight for girls' education. Without a doubt, she is a true hero.

Combined, the three parts of an SAR would look like this.    

        Malala was devastated when the Taliban closed her school. Even though she was eleven years old, she didn't want to stop learning. I will get my education if it's at home, school, or somewhere else", she said (paragraph 5). She was determined to fight for her and other's education (paragraph 4). Malala also stated that the Taliban can stop them from going to school, but can't stop them from learning, which shows how much dedication she has. Despite the devastation she felt and the tears she shed, Malala continued to fight for girls' education. Without a doubt, she is a true hero.

We can also use the acronym TEEC:

  • Topic Sentence (subject, opinion, reason)

  • Evidence (textual support)

  • Explanation (reasoning)

  • Conclusion

or TREES:

  • Topic Sentence

  • Reason

  • Evidence 

  • Explanations

  • Summary Sentence

Your answer will look like this. If it doesn't, you haven't written a short-response answer.

How does Malala respond to the closing of her school? Use specific examples from the text in your answer.

          Malala was devastated when the Taliban closed her school. Even though she was just eleven years old, she didn't want to stop learning. "I will get my education if it's at home, school, or somewhere else", she said (paragraph 5). She was determined to fight for her and other's education (paragraph 4). Malala also stated that the Taliban can stop them from going to school, but can't stop them from learning (paragraph 7), which shows how much dedication she has. Despite the devastation she felt and the tears she shed, Malala continued to fight for girls' education. Without a doubt, she is a true hero.

This paragraph demonstrates

the five elements of TREES.

      Rick Riordan uses direct and indirect character-ization to help the reader fully understand Percy Jackson in The Lightning Thief. One way is through Percy sharing his inner thoughts. For example, Percy says, "Am I a troubled kid? Yeah, you could say that" (Riordan 1). The reader can infer that Percy has problems at home and at school. Knowing this about Percy helps the reader understand the main character much better.

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