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Super Saturday Writing Conference


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.

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.

Slides Silhouette plus Constructed Response XL

Google Slide | Make the inference and use the details to write the response.

Write the 1st sentence

Restate key words.

Yes, MA’AM Template

RACE Template

CER Template

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.

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.

Insert elaboration

Connect elaboration to the Thinking Voice.

Readers comment on their own evidence and pump up their writing.

Introduce students to the different ways
to elaborate on a text detail.

Provide students with a “cheat sheet”
of ways to elaborate.

Readers blend evidence and elaboration.

Basic Formula
  Black & White  PDF  |  Google Slide  |  Jamboard
Green & Yellow  PDF  |  Google Slide  |  Jamboard

With Elaboration
  Black & White  PDF  |  Google Slide  |  Jamboard
Green & Yellow  PDF Google Slide  |  Jamboard