With Hot Text questions, students can demonstrate understanding by citing evidence by clicking highlighted text in a sentence, paragraph, or extended reading. Teachers can define questions to allow a single choice or multiple choices.

To create a Hot Text question:

  1. Click on the blue + button (or the "add" icon in the more recent version)

  2. Choose "Hot Text" from the Question types

  3. Enter your question along with any prompts or directions to the top text box

  4. Enter the text to the second text box

  5. To turn parts of the text to Hot Text items select (highlight) them and checkmark the box next to the "Hot Text" pop up that appears upon each of your selections

  6. Hot Text items will remain highlighted and appear in a list below the text

  7. To remove a Hot Text item - click the X symbol next to it on the list

  8. Set up your auto-grading by checking the correct answer(s)

  9. To allow multiple selections toggle "Multi-select" on the right side of your screen

  10. Switch on "Allow Partial Credit" to take auto-grading up a notch by allowing your students to get credit for answering part of the question correct.

How we grade the "Allow Partial Credit" feature in Hot Text questions

When you select Allow Partial Credit, students’ scores will be calculated using this formula:

Let's take a look at an example of how this works in practice. Here is a Hot Text answer key:

There are 4 answer choices. 2 answer choices are correct, 2 answer choices are incorrect. This question is scored out of 1 point.

To receive 100% of the score, students will need to choose only the 2 correct answers.

Here are some examples of student responses to this Hot Text question, along with their auto-graded scores:

Student A

Student A marked 1 correct answer choice and 1 incorrect answer choice:

1 correct answer - 1 incorrect answer = 0

Student A receives 0% of the score

Student B

Student B has marked 2 correct answer choices and 1 incorrect answer choice:

2 correct answers - 1 incorrect answer = 1

Student B receives 50% of the score (in this case 0.5 points)

Student C

Student C has marked 2 correct answer choices and 2 incorrect answer choice:

2 correct answers - 2 incorrect answer = 0

Student C receives 0% of the score

Did you know?

Hot Text questions are a standard STAAR question type used by the state of Texas.

What next?

Learn how to add Show Your Work and how to use a Rubric

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