Fourth Grade students have been writing a constructed response nearly each week, during the second trimester. They read a short article, consider the prompting question, plan their ideas using evidence from the text, and draft an one-paragraph response.
To begin this form of writing, I modeled the whole process (reading the text, highlighting or underlining evidence to support my answer, planning, and then writing my response.)
It is important for students to understand what it means to "construct" an essay or response. So, we spent a great deal of time talking about the art of building your ideas, while using evidence directly from the text. Students and I conference each week, and we score the pieces together!
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Students have read science articles, texts about the writing process, and are now moving onto persuasive articles!