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Adapt Yes, MA’AM to Fit Longer Essays

Many are familiar with the Smekens format for crafting short or brief constructed responses—Yes MA’AM.

While working well for short written responses, this same structure can also be adapted to generate longer, extended reading responses. For example, after reading multiple articles on the same topic or issue, students might be asked to write an essay explaining an idea or arguing/persuading a position.

Duration: 3:52 | Grades K-12