School Improvement in Maryland
Algebra and Data Analysis - Instructional Strategies
Cues for Students


  • Consider what the question asks you to do.
    • What information is given in the problem?
    • What information do you need to solve the problem?
  • Think about what you would do to solve the problem.
* Representation
  • Write an equation or inequality.
    • Define the variables. Let x = _______ and/or let y = ________ .
  • Create a graph, chart, or table.
    • Include titles, axes, labels, and scales.
  • Create a drawing or construction.
  • Solve the problem.
  • Write the answers in the context of the problem.
  • Be sure you answer what is asked for in the problem.
  • Check to see if the answer is reasonable.
* Explanation
  • Write or describe the steps you used to solve the problem.
* Justification
  • Use mathematics (definitions, theorems, reasoning, principles) to support your solution and/or process.
    • Write the mathematics concepts you used.
    • Tell why you solved the problem as you did.
    • Demonstrate that the solution is correct.
* Complete as appropriate and required by the problem.
Instructional Strategies