Draft a Text-dependent Response
Brainstorm: Students generate unfiltered responses to a prompt to stimulate ideas for a project or assignment.
Brainstorm: Students generate unfiltered responses to a prompt to stimulate ideas for a project or assignment.

Quick Write to Analyze Collected Texual Evidence

To close a lesson, Amy asks her students to complete a quick write about what they think is the most important idea (the main idea) from their reading and to use evidence from the text to support their thinking. Students willl have discussed this question with peers prior to beginning their quick write and then have five minutes to construct their text-dependent response. 

About This Strategy
prep time:
Short
Grade Level: Sixth grade
Teaching Challenge: Draft a Text-dependent Response
Amy Coughanour
Highland Lakes School
Glendale, AZ
Strategy Implementation Questions
Questions to think about when implementing the strategy
  • What could be the benefits to ending a lesson like this with a quick write?
  • How could this quick write strategy help students organize and draft an evidence based response?
  • How could you use these quick writes as informal assessments of a student's ability to construct a text dependent response?
Lesson Notes

Now, it is time to write! Each person will be starting with the one idea that was the most important. If students agree with their group members, they can use their own idea at this point. Students will elaborate on the main idea by using evidence from the article along with their own ideas. Again, this will be a five minute free write where I encourage them to write for the entire time. This is an example of what CCSS refers to as readable writing. This a high quality piece of writing that is organized and thought out but not taken through the entire writing process. It will help students prepare for assessments like PARCC where they have to write a constructed response on the spot. This writing time promotes critical thinking and allows students to work on creating a range of writing tasks, which are both crucial part of the CCSS.

About This Strategy
prep time:
Short
Grade Level: Sixth grade
Teaching Challenge: Draft a Text-dependent Response
Amy Coughanour
Highland Lakes School
Glendale, AZ
Artifacts
Student Work Sample
Lesson File:END WRITE
This is a student work sample of their quick write at the end of class. This student includes textual evidence to support her thinking.
Instructional Resource
Lesson File:WRITE TO LEARN
This is the handout students receive prior to the quick write explaining the task and the need for evidence in their response.
Students In Action
Lesson File:Classroom Video: Real World Applications
In this professional video, Amy explains the purpose of this strategy, and viewers see students engaged in the task.
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Singing about the Structure of a Paragraph

Regan and her class sing a song about the structure that they will follow as they draft a paragraph based on textual evidence. Students then apply this song as they compose a paragraph about an article they read as a class. Singing helps students to engage with and internalize the rubric, as well as addresses the needs of multiple learning types.

Learning Modalities

RACE Method for a Text-Dependent Paragraph

Amy teaches her students to use the RACE method to write a paragraph to cite evidence from the text. Amy first models for her students each part of the RACE protocol using a focus question. Students work together to find evidence within the text to support their answer to the focus question. Students share out their evidence and Amy projects it using the document camera. After whole-class practice, students try the strategy independently. 

Writing Formula