ABC Response

An ABC Response is simplest type of response, composed of: involving A. answering the question, B. backing it up with evidence, and C. connecting the evidence to the answer and commenting on its relevance and importance.

Rationale: The manipulation of information increases the probability for long term retention. The ABC approach engrains a simple but comprehensive strategy for the short response.

Instructions: Identify questions that deserve a robust response.

General Guidelines

· Directly respond to question or prompt
· Stay relevant
· Use evidence, quote primary sources
· Relate the evidence and the response
· Demonstrate the relevance or importance


ABC Response Example

1. Which labor issues did reformers hope to remedy through legislation?

A) Reformers hoped to remedy the working conditions of children and women, limit work hours, and increase wages through the passing of labor laws.
B) Reformers believed that since “capital has neither morals nor ideals,” citizens and the government must work for justice (Boyer & Stuckey pg. 281). For example, Florence Kelley organized the National Child Labor Committee; in 1904, she helped lobby the Oregon legislature to pass a law limiting the work hours for female laundry workers. Due to the low wages in 1910, one third lived of employed workers lived in poverty. In 1912 Massachusetts passed the nations first minimum-wage law; others states gradually followed suit. Congress passed a national minimum-wage law in 1938.
C) All of the legislation working towards fair treatment, fair wages, and fair hours were made in response to the tireless work of the progressive reformers.

ABC Response Student Example


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