Summit Hill | Constructed-Response Writing
Write About Reading
SESSION 2 | Grades 3-12 / ELL Levels 3-5 | HANDOUT
Write polished constructed responses
Write the answer/inference first
Explain inferences in writing.
Take advantage of a consistent formula.
Connect QAR (Question-Answer Relationship) to Yes, MAAM.
Photocopy the bookmark sheets back to back and cut them individually. Students reference the FRONT side when they are practicing BASIC constructed-response writing. Then, they use the BACK after learning the ingredients to a more POLISHED constructed response.
PRIZE: RACE bookmark | Yes MA’AM bookmark | CER bookmark
Scaffold practice opportunities.
Write the 1st sentence
Restate key words.
Write the 2nd & 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.
American Colonist Resources
Return to previous Inference Silhouettes to convert them into constructed responses.