Are you doing your homework right now and thinking, “Ugh, why do I have to explain my answer?” Some of Greenfield’s students couldn’t agree more with you, while some students and most teachers not so much.
Mrs. Heredia, an eighth grade English teacher, believes that, “Yes, students should write in full sentences because it helps us, as teachers, make sure the student has a good understanding on how to get to the correct answer.” Mr. Orlando, a seventh and eighth grade Social Studies teacher agrees with Mrs. Heredia but for his own reasons. He said, “Yes, because answering in full sentences helps to build reading skills that will be needed in the future. Answering in full sentences also helps to build and improve writing and self-editing skills.”
Unlike these two teachers, many GrJHS students would disagree, one student being the seventh grader Micah Amalong. In response to the question of whether or not students should answer questions in full sentences, he replied, “Short answers because most things can be answered or expressed in a short and sweet format.” Meanwhile eighth grade student, Kendyl Arnett, agrees with our two teachers and says, “Answering in only two or three words is easier but for me, to get a better understanding of the problem, it’s helpful to have to answer in full sentences.”
As you can see, Greenfield’s teacher and student opinions vary on the matter of whether or not answers to questions should be written in full sentences. Sadly, we can’t take many actions based off our opinions, because it’s not our choice. But who knows? Maybe in the future students won’t have to write answers in full sentences.
By: Peyton Erb