Modifying Open-Ended Questions: Visual Cues

  • Situation

    I have a student who is not able to answer Open Ended Questions. He cannot even begin his answer or he will say or write a response that makes no sense. How can I help him with such question prompts?

  • Summary

    Try using Sentence Starters, cloze formats, visual cues, or a combination of these strategies. For example if the question is “How did you make that choice?” Provide a paper that may look like this: I made that choice because:

    1. I _________________

    2. I _________________

  • Definition

    Modifying open ended questions involves providing structure to an otherwise abstract task. Sentences starters are a few simple words to start an answer to a more complex question or an open ended question for the student. The cloze format prompts the student to fill in a blank and can also assist in open-ended question responses. Providing visual cues such as numbering lines can also assist the student in organizing his thought process for these higher level thinking responses.

  • Quick Facts

    • Child's Age: 6-10, 11-13, 14-17
    • Planning Effort: Low
    • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Pre-requisites

    knowledge of listed writing formats

  • Process

    1. Rethink an open ended question into a visual format for the student.

    2. Choose one or more of the visual strategies to prompt a response for open-ended responses.

    3. These strategies are: Cloze format, Sentence Starters, and Visual cues.

    4. Write the question in one or more of the above formats for the student.

    5. Watch the video for examples.


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