I have found over the last decade that the following materials are exceptionally effective in helping struggling writers find the right words quickly when attempting to answer short answer essay questions on standardized exams.
Prior to using these materials, my struggling students often sat planning out their essay only to "bottleneck" their time and produce sub par writing in the end. These materials empower the student and give them the proper format, training, and feedback which will help them develop into effective writers.
The 3 accompanying rubrics are broken down into three phases:
--Phase 1 = a large focus on formatting
--Phase 2 = a large focus on quality of evidence
--Phase 3 = a large focus on quality of writing
In such a data driven world, my unit allows the teacher to track his or her students' writing growth and validate that growth through measurable and standardized methods.
Additionally, all documents can be edited. In other words, what you might see as an imperative area of focus can be added and other less imperative areas can be eliminated.
In this download you will receive four items:
1. The short answer graphic organizer [MS Document]
2. The short answer rubric phase 1 [MS Document]
3. The short answer rubric phase 2 [MS Document]
4. The short answer rubric phase 3 [MS Document]