As our 2nd Social Studies Benchmark indicated, students are still having trouble citing text-based evidence in open response questions. This issue also speaks to their ability to answer multiple-choice questions that require the same skill.
In order to correct this, we spent time today re-evaluating how we initially wrote about two sources that conveyed two different European opinions of Native Americans during early settlement. First, we performed a close-reading of each text, annotating in the margins about the general ideas each European perspective represented. Then, we reviewed the following three steps (MSE) students should keep in mind when citing evidence from the text:
Make your claim
1. Copy the sentence directly from the text
2. Put the sentence in quotation marks (" ")
3. Include the page/paragraph number in parentheses after the quote
4. Add a period after the parentheses
Explain how your evidence supports your claim
Below you'll find an example of the re-looping questions, as well as student work that demonstrates her ability to properly use the MSE method.