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1 Responding to Open-Ended Questions Strategies & Techniques

2 OER: open-ended response Necessary for all courses / disciplines Strategies increase ALL writing skills Only 3 easy steps to remember Usually one long or two short paragraphs, but the techniques may be used for longer responses Great for journal-writing “block”

3 Introduction sentence: Use the prompt (the series of statements and questions provided – usually multifaceted.) Paraphrase the information given to you… why reinvent the wheel? This makes your response LONGER and STRONGER and allows the reader to know the details of the question

4 Body (the actual answer) Use the TEXT! – Direct (use exact words and quotations) – Indirect (paraphrase – use your own, simplified words) THE KEY: Answer using the author’s words, and then explain with - - This means that… - This can be interpreted as… - In other words… - This is important because…

5 Conclusion: Short and sweet! Answer: Why is this particular aspect of the selection important? What does this have to do with the main idea, purpose, or tone (attitude) of the selection? Predictions (Perhaps… Possibly… )

6 A Quick Guide to OERs: Intro: rewrite the prompt Body: answer using the text and explain Conclusion: explain the importance (OR answer the question “So What?”

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