RAPS is an acronym that students should remind themselves of when answering an open constructed response question. A RAPS response is one paragraph long.
R stands for RESTATE
- rework the question to make a statement; include the title and author's name. Use the same language that has been used in the question
A stands for ANSWER
- Answer the question simply without a "because" explanation.
P stands for PROVE IT!
- Using textual support, prove your answer. Depending on the complexity of the question, this step can take anywhere from 2-6 sentences.
S stands for SUMMARIZE
- Summarize your response in a concise statement, using different language than the rest of the response.
*Students should use transitional phrases.
*It can be appropriate to use a quote from the text in the response. If a quote is used, quotation marks and a page number should be supplied.