By Mrs. Harris.  Has your teacher ever told you, “I want you to answer in complete sentences?â€‌  Has she ever said, “I want you to give evidence from

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  • By Mrs. Harris

  • Has your teacher ever told you, I want you to answer in complete sentences?Has she ever said, I want you to give evidence from the text?

    And have you ever thought..

    WHAT THE HECK DOES SHE MEAN?!

  • STEPS FOR WRITING A FABULOUS WRITTEN RESPONSE THAT WILL IMPRESS YOUR TEACHERS

  • Lets look at some questions from the last chapterWhy does Gwen call to apologize?Use words from the question to answer. For this question, you would start Gwen called to apologize because

  • Why do you think Max feels uncomfortable about having dinner with Kevin and Gwen?

    How would you start your answer?

  • Why do you think Max feels uncomfortable about having dinner with Kevin and Gwen?

    Max feels uncomfortable about having dinner with Kevin and Gwen because

  • Why does Max begin to cry as he lies down on his bed that night?

    How would you start this question?

  • Why does Max begin to cry as he lies down on his bed that night?

    Max begins to cry as he lies down on his bed that night because

  • This step sounds really complicated, but to put it in terms that a middle-schooler would use:

    What makes you think that?

    Here are some phrases we can use

  • As an example, lets use the questions from the last chapter.

    Why does Gwen call to apologize?

  • Well, uhm, I get the impression poor Gwen wasnt expecting to see you looking so big, and now she thinks shes offended you. Does that make any sense? (5.25)

    Gram says, She feels bad about how she treated you, Maxwell, dear, and she wants to make it up to you. (5.26)

    Sorry, Max. That is, Im sorry we got off on the wrong foot. Its just, you know. . . (5.28)

  • From these excerpts, we can tell that:Gwen thinks she offended Max. She feels bad about the way she treated Max.She is sorry that she and Max got off on the wrong foot.

  • Choose a phrase to show that you are providing evidence from the text.BecauseFor instanceFor example The author statedAccording to the textOn page ___, it statedFrom the reading, I know that

  • According to the text, Gwen called to apologize because she was worried that she offended Max and she feels bad about the way she treated Max. She tells Max, Sorry, Max. That is, Im sorry we got off on the wrong foot. (5.28)

    The numbers in parentheses tell the chapter and page number where the quote was found.

  • When you are writing a written response, use vocabulary from what you are reading. It makes the person grading your paper feel like you really know what you are talking about. It will impress them!

  • If you follow the steps on the previous slides, your sentences should be complete.

    Remember: a complete sentence has a subject and a predicate!

  • Because she felt bad about the way she treated him.She felt bad about the way she treated him.Because he was so happy.She offended him.Because she was trying to be nice.

    Although some of these sentences have a subject and predicate, they do not give enough information.

  • When you are finished answering your question, go back and proofread it. You will be amazed at how many errors you find. Check:SpellingPunctuationNeatnessCompleteness

  • Start your answer with words from the question.Support your answer with proof from the text.Use key vocabulary from the text.Write in complete sentences.Proofread your answer.

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