Checklists and step by step procedure for responding to a text!
It can be puzzling why some kids struggle when answering a question about a text in writing. With this product, you have the tools to model how to answer a question or prompt in writing and then release it to your kids to do independently.
Whether you are getting your kids ready for high stakes testing or daily instruction, these charts and cue markers can help ease the difficulty of responding in writing to reading.
The charts come in color and black and white and can be made into a poster (see How to Turn a PDF into a poster) or duplicated and distributed to kids to keep in their folder or binder.
The cue markers are similar to a bookmark that can also be printed and laminated and given to kids as they are working through a question or prompt. The visuals and the numbered steps will help kids remember all the parts of the question.
Also, included is a checklist where kids can evaluate their response once it is complete. There is a space for both the kids and the teacher to add a comment and provide feedback on their response.
This should be modeled first by you and a selected read aloud and a given question or prompt. The steps are numbered so that you can easily demonstrate and guide your students. Next, I would guide their practice by using another read aloud and having the kids construct the response in triads or partners. Lastly, I would have student practice using their instructional level text and another response. The checklist provides kids with a way to edit and ensure they have all the pieces to a clear and concise response.
The steps are as follows:
1) Read the question
2) Analyze the question. What is the question asking me to do?
*Find the key word that identifies the skill or concept.
3) Orally state what the question is asking. The question is asking me to…What am I required to do as a reader?
4) Revisit the text. Skim the text
Where in the text can I find support for the answer
Circle, underline, highlight, or Post It ™ information related to the question
5) Organize the information
Use a graphic organizer
Paraphrase information in the text
Record the information in your own words.
6) Write the answer.
Oral rehearsal before writing.
Turn phrases )on the graphic organizer) into sentences.
7) Check the answer.
Use a checklist to check work.
Did I answer the question?
Did I include support from the text?
The checklist is also provided and is as follows:
Read the response aloud.
Does it sound right?
Does it make sense?
Did you respond to all parts of the question or prompt?
Did you cite evidence from the text to fully and clearly support your position?
Did you express your thoughts in complete sentences?
Do all sentences begin with capital letters?
Do all sentences end with correct punctuation?
Did you spell the words correctly?
How would you rate this response? Was it easy? Difficult? What would have made it better for you?
Then there is a space for the kids to grade themselves and make a comment and then space for you to grade and give feedback.
I hope you will find this useful for your kids as they tackle a written response!
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