Better Writing - Building Better Writing Responses
I created this writing resource based on the strategies I use in my own class to help my students build better writing response answers when writing various pieces.
This resource is the perfect companion to my Building Better Reading Responses resource and my Building Better Math Responses.
This resource contains 5 main sections:
- A set of Writing Response Goals – These are the goals I use in my own class. These goals can be used in two different ways: 1) As a clip chart for students’ individual goals. Students move along the goals at their own pace, moving their clip or clothespin as they master a goal, or 2) The goals can be used to build a cumulative set of success criteria. One goal/criteria is taught at a time. When the class has mastered the particular goal, another goal is then added. This chart is also color-coded, showing the colors students will use when color coding their own answers. There is also a self-reflection sheet for students to complete after they feel they have mastered a goal. I have provided this resource in two different forms: 1) Goals on a blackboard background, and 2) Goals on a white background for an ink-friendly print.
- Assessment Options – There are a few different options for assessment provided. There are self, peer, and teacher success criteria checklists for quick formative assessments, as well as a full rubric for more formal, or summative assessment.
- Posters and Bookmarks – I have made a colorful poster using the acronym “PREDICTS” to help students remember the criteria they must include in their writing. The poster comes in color for classroom display, as well as in black and white for easy printing. Students can color their own posters and keep a copy in their own notebooks (or glued to the back cover). I have also reduced the size of the poster to create bookmarks for students to keep to remind them of the success criteria when writing their own pieces (in color and b/w).
- Scaffolded Writing Response Sheets – In my class, when we are adding a new goal/criteria, we write about it in our writing notebooks. For each goal in the clip chart there is a “Good Writer” note with the learning goal, an explanation of why we include the particular goal, and a personal reflection prompt. For each goal there is also a written response sheet that includes the criteria studied – building from using one goal, to using all nine goals in one answer. There is also a sheet where you can add your own goal.
- Writing Response Activities and Printable Worksheets – I have also included a section containing different printable worksheets for students to use when writing their responses. These particular sheets make a great display of student work, get your students working together with a partner or a small group to improve answers, are perfect to send home after assessment to help inform the parents about what their children are working on, or put in students’ portfolios for reflection at the end of a term or year. There is a large focus on student accountability on these printables – asking students to reflect on their answers, improve their answers, identify their strengths and areas of need, and set goals.
Each printable has the prompt section left blank so you can include a prompt of your choosing. If you need some ideas for prompts, you can use the page of prompts provided in the section before.
Again, these activities are perfect for shorter responses, allowing students the ability to complete them in a short time period, without the writing becoming overwhelming. This makes them a great activity to use for guided writing or mini-lesson activities.
I have bundled all three of my Building Better Responses resources. You can view the bundle by clicking HERE.
*** This resource is also included in my HUGE 4th - 6th Grade Essentials Bundle containing 20 of my best classroom resources.
Other resources to help Build Better Responses that you may be interested in:
•Building Better Responses Bundle – Reading, Writing, and Math
•Building Better Reading Responses
•Building Better Math Responses
•Building Better Writing Responses
•Stick-It Together – A Collaborative Reading Response Activity for Upper Grades
•Stick-It Together – A Collaborative Reading Response Activity for Primary Grades
•Stick-It Together – A Collaborative Math Problem-Solving Activity for Grade 6
•Stick-It Together – A Collaborative Math Problem-Solving Activity for Grade 5
•Stick-It Together – A Collaborative Math Problem-Solving Activity for Grade 4