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This lesson is an easy way for students to learn the important ideas to include when answering and open-ended question. Especially when reading....
- Teacher Created RASP Poster
- Sample open-ended question
- Sample response
- A set of 4 different colored highlighters per student (students may share sets)
- To understand and use the R.A.S.P. acronym and strategy
- To write a complete and thoughtful response to an open-ended question.
- Introduce the concept of RASP by displaying a poster. RASP is an acronym used to remember the parts of a good answer. (Note-The word RASP doesn't actually stand for anything.)
- R Restate the question
- A Answer all of the parts
- S Support from the text
- P Personal connection, opinion, extension
- Model: Display an open ended question that students can answer based on some recent reading
- Display an excellent response that uses all four parts of the strategy
- Give students a copy of the response
- Have students use the highlighters as an interactive rubric. They should highlight the R(restatement of the question) in one color, the A (answer) in a 2nd color, the S (support form the text) in a 3rd color, and the P (personal connection) in a 4th color. Analyzing a model response in this way helps students to internalize the rubric and remember what to include in their own resoponses.
- Follow up by having students use the RASP method to respond to a different question.
- Then they can use the highlighters to evaluate their own response.
- This strategy will help students to excel on standardized test questions.