In this no-prep resource – Volume 6 of our popular Think, then Write structured writing program, we teach students to write responses to short answer questions – the kinds of questions that appear in school tests and exams and require students to write short answers.
This 103-page resource is made up of five sections or modules with scaffolds, each with structured practice exercises including:
- learning key academic verbs;
- defining things when you can’t remember the dictionary definition;
- outlining process questions: how to respond in short answer questions;
- ‘recasting’ the question in the first sentence of an answer; and
- ‘describe’, ‘distinguish’, ‘explain’, and ‘justify’ questions: giving specific examples to show your knowledge.
The exercises feature high-frequency academic verbs, key strategies for answering short answer questions and real world examples of short answer questions.
With worked examples and model answers, the resource is specially for high school students and the short answer questions they are required to answer.
This fully-scripted program builds on previous volumes of Think, Then Write, in which we learned how to:
- write compound and complex sentences using words like “because”, “while”, “if”, “but”, and “so”: Think, Then Write Volume 1;
- write paragraphs featuring strong topic sentences and supporting details, with specific examples and reasons to support your views: Think, Then Write Volume 2;
- use transitions and to write short reports expressing your views on things like books, movies and computer games: Think, Then Write Volume 3;
- write narratives (also known as stories) using your knowledge of story grammar: Think, Then Write Volume 4; and
- compare and contrast objects, to see things from more than one perspective, to brainstorm pros and cons on issues, and to make arguments for and against different topics: Think, Then Write Volume 5.
Look out for Think, Then Write Volume 7 in early 2022 – Planning Essays and Assignments.