Understanding how to compose a high quality short response to demonstrate your evaluation of a reading passage will be important for your academic success at middle school, in high school, and when you attend college. The ability to master this language arts skill should be important to you because it is a commonly used high school and college reading activity. Short response items will encourage you to interact with an assigned text. You will use this format to respond to many questions in class this year.
- Stop, when directed, and respond to the assigned question.
- Carefully read and consider the question.
- Clearly restate the question and provide a brief but relevant answer to it in your topic sentence.
- Support the response you provided in the topic sentence with a minimum of two separate details from the text in two different sentences.(These details should support the response provided in the topic sentence and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the text.)
- Provide a concluding statement to provide closure (summarize and/or explain what you learned).
- Use good conventions (punctuation, capitalization, spelling, sentence structure).
Short Response Scale
•Topic sentence clearly restates the question and correctly answers it
•Body includes two distinct supporting details from the passage; furthermore, these details clearly support the stated response and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the text
•A concluding statement provides closure
•Spelling, punctuation, and usage give evidence of careful proofreading; penmanship is clearly readable and appropriately neat
•This level of response is missing one item listed in the description for a “4” response
•This level of response is missing two items listed in the description for a “4” response
•This level of response is missing three items listed in the description for a “4” response
•No items listed in the description for a “4” response are evident