This lesson is based on answering Text Dependent Questions, but allows the students to GRADE responses. (The responses are original- created by me!).
Students will see an example and discuss why the response is well-written. Next, they will discuss the rubric.
Then, students will read the article “Seeds of Wellness" (see below for link). Students will write a response to a question about the article and put it aside.
Pairing up, students grade several (original) responses on a worksheet, discussing why they graded as they did. They will have to consult the rubric and read the responses carefully. Discussion will help them understand how they, themselves, are being graded.
Students love to grade. In my class, they often laugh at the original responses, but I know that they, themselves, provide similar answers. In no way do students feel the shame of providing an incorrect response. Conversely, they get a chance to realize what is expected before they must turn in their response. This has been an effective concept!!
The article: “Seeds of Wellness:Return of the SuperGrain” by Ted Kreiter is a great article to use with text dependent questions. If you can print out the article, this product provides EVERYTHING else! Here's the link to the article:
Included in this product:
a lesson plan (complete with essential question, teaching and assessment strategies, etc)
The slides on the PowerPoint go along with the lesson. There is a 15 minute timer for your convenience with pacing. (Kids love this!)
Teaching students to write to text-dependent questions is quite a task, but having them grade others' responses gives them definite advantages.They understand what should be included in the response before they are expected to write. They also find that they can be critical of their own work, which helps tremendously when they edit and revise!
I hope you enjoy allowing your students to GRADE; I'm sure your students will find it quite refreshing and informative!