SHOW YOUR THINKING® is a framework developed to guide students as they develop and practice their critical thinking skills when writing short constructed responses. This framework consists of three steps that encourage the students to slow down, thinking before they jump into writing their responses. The FIRST STEP has students consider what their answer/inference means. As they do so, they develop the criteria that they will use when selecting text evidence. Applying this criteria, they then identify the text evidence that will support their answer. During this SECOND STEP, students also analyze this text evidence evaluating how well it supports their answer/inference. Finally, the THIRD STEP, the students write their short constructed responses explaining how the text supports their answer/inference using the ACED acronym. When completed, their responses demonstrate deeper thinking. The SHOW YOUR THINKING® framework ensures that all the essential components are included and communicated succinctly and concisely.
This SHOW YOUR THINKING® product, was created to be used with any text. This activity has been differentiated into three levels. so that you can help your students practice and develop their thinking skills. At each level students are practicing the application of a reading strategy using the text as they develop the critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate and analyze text.
Show Your Thinking™ Activity Pages
Sample Answer Pages
These activity pages can be used during whole group instruction, guided small group or independently. Since the students are required to break their analysis into steps before writing their response, it is much easier to see what challenges them. Do they really understand what their answer means? If so, can they identify specific text evidence? Or, are they unable to explain how the text evidence supports their answer? Gathering this data was extremely beneficial as I began planning how to better meet my students needs.
Purchasing this product grants permission for use by one teacher in his or her own classroom. If you intend to share with others, please purchase additional licenses. SHOW YOUR THINKING® is a registered trademark of Irene Shea Palmer.
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