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Try this Graphic Organizer to Structure Your Students'  Responses 

Steps to Writing an Open-Ended Response  

J Steps to SuccessJ Narrative Text

Before you begin to read the story:

______ 1.  Read the open-ended question. Underline important words/terms.

______ 2.  Read the text. Underline ideas related to the question.

When you are finished reading the story:

______ 3.  Read the question again.

______ 4.  Think about how the underlined words in the question & text are related.

______ 5.  Write a minimum of 7-12 sentences in response to the open-ended question.

______ Make sure you answer all parts of the question.

 

1. In the first sentence of your answer, write the important words you underlined in the question.

______________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________.

 

 

2. Explain your answer using/summarizing details/events from the story.

One thing the character does, (says, thinks, feels) that shows this is.

One thing that shows how the character has changed is.

One event from the story that shows this is true is.

____________________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________.

____________________________________________________________________________.

 

 

  1. Use quotes from the story to support your answer.

    In the story, the character,___________________, says, "__________________________________________."

    This quote shows that (explains how.why)

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    ____________________________________________________________________________.

    ____________________________________________________________________________.

     

     

  2. Include a personal example/experience explaining how the ideas in this story may affect you/your world.

The situation in this story is similar to what is happening to people today

The ideas presented in this story are important because

If I were in this situation

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.

 

 

5. Restate your first sentence.

Therefore, ____________________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________.

J Re-read the question and your answer to make sure that you have answered all parts of your open-ended questionJ

PART A: ______ PART B: _______ PART C: ______developed by D. DiMicelli 10/02

This is a work in progress...Create your own graphic organizer to  help your students address all aspects of the open ended question.  Remember the new rubric for the open ended question is 0-4.