Complex vs. Simple

Complex vs. Simple Think about those two words. Let's define them, then put that into our own words. What is the difference between them? Can you think of any examples of something that is simple and something that is complex?

Think....

Is there a time to be simple? Can you think of an example of a time when it's better to make a simple explanation rather than a complex one? Giving directions for example.

Is there a time for complexity?

Can you think of a time when it's better to give a complex explanation?

Why are we talking about this? When we are marking your CASI questions, we are looking to see if you have made a simple or a complex inference. What is an inference? For question two, it's whatever you think the main idea of the story is. If you make a simple inference, then your answer will be scored at a level one or two. If you make a complex inference your answer will be scored at a level three or higher.

What CASI Says Here is what we teachers are asked to look for when leveling the main idea question. Level 1 - makes and supports simple inferences with limited effectiveness and interprets and analyzes information from the text with limited effectiveness Level 2 - makes and supports simple inferences with some effectiveness and interprets and analyzes information from the text with some effectiveness What are the key words from the two descriptions above?

What to avoid The key words from the previous slide are.... Simple Limited Some Supports Why are these the key words? How do we avoid simple answers supported with limited or some explanation?

Think

What CASI Says Here is what we teachers are asked to look for when leveling the main idea question. Level 3 - makes and supports inferences of some complexity with considerable effectiveness and interprets and analyzes information from the text with considerable effectiveness Level 4 - makes and supports complex inferences with a high degree of effectiveness and interprets and analyzes information from the text with a high degree of effectiveness What are the key words from the two descriptions above?

What to do The key word from the previous slide are... Complexity Considerable Supports How do we make and support complex inferences while analyzing information from the text with considerable effectiveness?

There's great news! Some of you already know how to do this and do it well. The rest of you are very close to turning your level 2+ answers into level 3's.

So how do we figure out what's simple and what's complex?

Practice That's How Just like everything else that we have ever mastered, this is going to take some practice.

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