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On the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA), students find more success on extended response questions if they use the "Box It!" method.
Here are the basics for the method:
1. Draw a box for each point that the question is worth--two boxes for a two point question and four boxes for a four point question.
2. Re-read the question and underline each verb.
3. Label each box with each verb. (NOTE: You may have four actions to do, but only find two verbs--for example, the question may ask you to identify two reasons...and give two solutions...etc. Identify and Give are only mentioned once each, but you need to provide two items in each case.)
4. Write the information related to each action in the appropriate box.
5. Check work!
The following songs were written in the spirit of "School House Rock" to support this method.
(All music written and performed by Kevin Costello, lyrics by Mindy Kilgore and Kevin Costello. Singers and rappers are credited individually.)
What Does "Outfox" mean?
Box It! PowerPoint