what they are and how you can prepare for them. staar “crossover” short answer questions (saqs)

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  • What they are and how you can prepare for them. STAAR Crossover Short Answer Questions (SAQs)
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  • What is a crossover question? A STAAR crossover short answer question will require you to: Read two texts Answer a question that may be about similar themes within the texts, similar characters, differing characters, differing perspectives, etc. Use two details, one from each reading selection Explain how the details you chose prove your response Essentially, crossover questions test to see if you can synthesize (combine different ideas into a whole) information from two texts and write a response that compares/contrasts elements of both works.
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  • Parts of a Crossover Response The loss of language in Tehuelche is important on a more personal level, whereas the loss in Fossil Language takes place on a larger scale, professional level. In the patients last moments, Benetti listened harder than hed ever listened to anything in his life, because he personally realized that he was witnessing the death of an ancient language, and more or less the culture that it belonged to. However, the reporter in Fossil Language is taking a more professional trip to visit the Inuit in Greenland. He went to spend time amongst them, recording their language and culture before an entire language and culture is likely to disappear. Though the language may die out in a couple of years, Benetti witnessed the final act, while Leonard is trying to prevent that from happening to the Inuit. Thesis answers question and mentions both selections. There is a well- chosen detail from each selection. Elaboration makes it clear which selection each detail is from, and provides context for the details. Commentary explains how both details from the passages prove assertion in thesis.


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