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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

  • Embedded Quotes / Evidence (textual support)

  • Explanation (reasoning)

  • Conclusion

or TREES:

  • Topic Sentence

  • Reason

  • Embedded Quotes / 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.

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the five elements of TREES.

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      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.

 
  1. When does a person become an adult? Why do you think so?

  2. If could change one rule that your family has, what would you change?

  3. What is something that makes your family special?

  4. Of all the things you are learning, what do you think will be the most useful when you are an adult?

  5. Are you a good friend? Why do you think so?

  6. How would the world be different if animals could talk?

  7. Would you cheat on a test if you knew you would not get caught? Why or why not?

  8. If you could grow up to be famous, what would you want to be famous for?

  9. If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

  10. What is the best gift you have ever given? Why was it so special?

  11. What is the hardest thing about being a kid?

  12. If you were a teacher, and the kids in your class would not listen to you, what would you do?

  13. Where is your favorite place in the world?

  14. If you could give one gift to every single child in the world, what gift would you give?

  15. If you could travel back in time three years and visit your younger self, what advice would you give yourself?

  16. What five words do you think most describe you?

  17. If you could invent something that would make life easier for people, what would you invent?

  18. When was a time that you felt lucky?

  19. What do you think would be the hardest thing about being blind?

  20. If you could make one rule that everyone in the world had to follow, what rule would you make? Why?