SHORT ANSWER RESPONSES TO TAKS

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SHORT ANSWER
RESPONSES TO TAKS
Using ABC
The Prompt
Before writing anything,
know your assignment—
READ THE PROMPT!
What are you being
asked to do?
Get Ready to Color Your
World!
Materials: When we write, we will use
blue, red, and green pens.
BLUE is for Topic Sentences
(TS) or (A).
RED is for Concrete Details (CD)
or (B).
GREEN is for Commentary
Sentences (CM) or (C.)
Step 1: TOPIC SENTENCE
TS = first sentence of the
paragraph. It should also
contain the title of the story.
In other words:
A – Answer the question.
Example Topic Sentence
(TS) or A
Prompt: Describe the third little
pig in “The Three Little Pigs.”
Provide evidence from the text.
TS or A:
In the fairy tale “The Three Little
Pigs,” the third pig is very wise.
Step 2: CONCRETE DETAILS
(CD) or B
CDs = Support for your TS or A. (facts,
quotes, examples, etc. from text)
CDs can’t be argued with—a CD is
evidence that supports your point!
This comes straight from the story.
In other words:
B – Bring in a quote. Start your
sentence with…For example,
Example Concrete Detail
(CD) or B
For example, remembering his
mother’s warning about a
wolf, he “builds his house
out of sturdy brick.”
The sentence begins with For
example, and there is a quote
from the actual story.
Step 3: COMMENTARY
(CM) or C
CMs = your analysis,
interpretation, explanation, or
insight into the text.
In other words:
C – make a Connection. Start
your sentence with This shows
that
Example Commentary Sentence
(CM) or C
This shows that the third pig is
smarter than his brothers,
because the wolf was unable
to blow his house down.
The sentence begins with This
shows that
Does It Flow?
Prompt: Describe the third little pig in
“The Three Little Pigs.”
In the fairy tale “The Three Little
Pigs,” the third pig is very wise. For
example, remembering his mother’s
warning about a wolf, he “builds his
house out of sturdy brick.” This
shows that the third pig is smarter
than his brothers, because the wolf
was unable to blow his house down.
 OER
over one story is the
ABC method.
 Crossover OER over both
of the stories is the
ABABC method.

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