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R-S-S-E Format

When responding to open-ended questions about a text, it’s very important to cite textual evidence.  In order to do this, we use the R-S-S-E format.  Here’s what it stands for:

  • R – Restate the question.
  • S – Support your answer in your own words.
  • S – Support your answer with evidence from the text.
  • E – Extend your answer by making a connection to your life, another text, or the world.

If you use this format each time you respond to an open-ended question about a text, you’re guaranteed to include text evidence in your response!


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