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How does Yes, MA’AM fit with RACE and CER?
And regardless of the acronym you may be using, a well-written constructed response always has three key components:
1. An answer (which is an inference)
2. A claim (with evidence or details from the text)
3. An explanation (which provides elaboration and reasoning)
Here’s how the MA’AM acronym addresses the required elements of a constructed response:
Author’s details help to support the answer.
Author’s evidence also supports the answer.
Me and My thinking then explain the answer by giving reasoning.
Cite textual details that support the answer.
Explain the connection between the answer and the evidence.
Evidence: Provide textual details.
Reasoning: Explain your thinking.