First Day to Test Day
A Road Map to Accelerate Student Learning & Prepare for Standardized Tests
COMMUNICATE IN WRITING
Connect read-write skills
Convert the last thought as a reader into the first thought as a writer.
Take advantage of a consistent formula.
Connect QAR (Question-Answer Relationship) to Yes, MAAM.
Grow an anchor chart.
Write the 1st sentence
Restate key words.
Write the 2nd and 3rd sentences
Support inferences with textual evidence.
Crystal Calloway uses these sentence starters during text-based conversation with her Bailly Elementary (Chesterton, IN) fourth graders.
Provide explicit instruction on how to weave the what, which, and where details into a textual citation.
Introduce evidence with blended sentences.
Write the 4th sentence
Connect the dots in a concluding statement.
Scaffold practice opportunities.
“Write” orally and with peers.
Return to previous Inference Silhouettes to convert them into constructed responses.