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writing constructed responses september 2013
Writing Constructed ResponsesSeptember 2013

Presented by the

Curriculum Department




  • Mix when music plays
  • Pair when music stops
  • Taller partner share first for 20 secs
  • Repeat with one more partner
building background
Building Background

The big picture…

constructed response
Constructed Response
  • Constructed Responses are short responses to text based questions used to assess students’ thinking and reasoning.
let s think about
Let’s think about…

What skills do our students need to develop to be able to answer text dependent questions through writing?

sbac samples of constructed response items the practice test
SBAC Samples of Constructed Response ItemsThe Practice Test


Use the Constructed Response Planning Guide to jot your


pause and process
Pause and Process
  • Rally Robin with your shoulder partner
  • What literacy skills will students need to be successful on this assessment?

Share with the group

three key points of focus
Three Key Points of Focus
  • EVIDENCE- identify, use
  • ORGANIZATION- clarity of thought
  • PRACTICE, practice, practice
key instruction
Key Instruction

Multiple readings of text

Asking open ended questions

Honoring and providing think time

Giving students an opportunity for oral rehearsal

Practicing looking for evidence

Marking up the question

Using sticky notes to hold thinking

* Star two points of instruction you can focus on next

listen and observe for key instructional points in the video
Listen and observe for key instructional points in the video.



teaching scaffolds meeting the needs of all students
Teaching Scaffolds-Meeting the needs of all students
  • RAPP/pneumonic Devices
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Visual Symbols
  • Sentence Stems
  • Oral Rehearsal
  • Chant/choral reading
  • Partner/group Support
  • LOs and Cos
  • Vocabulary instruction
pause and process1
Pause and Process
  • Timed Partner Share
  • What instructional point or scaffold will you consider putting in place?
achieve thought questions
Achieve Thought Questions
  • Only supplemental program approved by the CDE
  • Thought question allows students to complete the literacy cycle- read, think, write
  • Can search for articles that relate to whatever content you are teaching
  • A Puzzle from the Past
pause and process2
Pause and Process

Round Robin with your table partners-

How does the thought question support increased opportunities for writing? How and when might you use this with your class?

cross curricular ideas soc studies science math
Cross-curricular IdeasSoc. Studies/Science/Math

As you observe the video…Think about:

  • 1.The structures the teacher has in place to support students success in citing evidence from the text
  • 2. How she is differentiating to ensure ALL students can be successful
  • https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/analyzing-text-lesson
constructed response planning guide
Constructed Response Planning Guide
  • Return to your Constructed Response Planning Guide. Complete sections 2-Opportunities to Practice Constructed Response and 3-Plan/Next steps.
what is feedback
What is Feedback?

Feedback is defined as:

  • A reaction or response to a particular activity…
  • Evaluative information derived from the reaction or response to a particular activity….
why is formative feedback important
Why is Formative Feedback Important?
  • Research tells us that feedback is essential to insure students progress in their ability levels and to maintain their interest in an activity.
  • Formative Feedback is one of the most powerful tools we have.

Do you have a system in place for providing feedback to your students?

feedback can be
Feedback can be…
  • Formative:
    • Purpose: To help promote growth/progress
    • Conferences, small group, whole group


  • Summative:
    • Purpose: Evaluative
    • Usually requires a rubric
keys to effective formative feedback
Keys to Effective Formative Feedback
  • Timely
  • Specific
  • Highlights what is going well and

what’s next

considerations for effective formative feedback
Considerations for Effective Formative Feedback
  • Your system for feedback has to be manageable and sustainable by you
  • We don’t have to give feedback on everything
  • Feedback can be oral or written
  • Feedback can be done in a small group, whole group, or one on one

Questions to consider:

  • How often should I give feedback for it to be effective?
  • Which pieces should I give feedback on and what happens to the other pieces of writing?
pause and process3
Pause and Process
  • Take a minute to jot down the key points you want to remember about effective feedback.
  • Rubrics are one tool for assessing student writing.
  • They are subjective so we need to practice calibrating our decisions.
rubric practice
Rubric Practice
  • Read the article and the question. Using the SBAC rubric, score the 3 student samples.
  • Share your results and discuss any inconsistencies with the scores.
  • These are SBAC samples. Let’s see how they scored the samples and the justification for the score.
time to review
Time to Review
  • Using Quiz-Quiz-Trade to review key ideas…
in closing
In closing…
  • Access the district web page
  • Click on the survey link
  • Complete the three questions