Earlier this year, I noticed that my students had problems answering to short response questions. As a result of this, in Social Studies, my students are learning about the proper way to respond to questions by reading text or viewing an image. Students are learning the three basic parts to this type of response: restating the question, providing evidence from the text or visual image using key words, and writing a concluding statement. These are being taught as mini-lessons at the beginning of class, about twice or three times a week. This skill will be transferable to other subject areas.
Here you see some students looking at another class's writing (no names on papers). Students used a rubric (green paper) to evaluate the written response. This helped students think about how they needed to write short answers.