Special Homework Alert: Week of 12/5

Similar to Thanksgiving week, we have special homework for conference week. Students are released at 11:55 on Thursday, December 8th and will have no school on Friday, December 9th. With the shortened week and extra time spent with students preparing for conferences, I have modified our homework to only include a reading log. There is no spelling this week or Homework BINGO. Your student received this homework on Monday, December 5th, and it is due Monday, December 12th.

Need help on writing a solid Constructed Response?

We worked as a class again today to build a solid constructed response to the first of two questions on our story this week, Sacagawea. This time, we color-coded the different points we wanted to make to simplify the process of transferring the ideas into paragraphs. Here, you can see our final typed response. The various parts of the document are colored to match our notes on our RACE paper.

This weekend, students are being asked to use the same process to answer the second question on the paper: “Name two details that support the idea that Clark loves Pomp.” Students should have an opening sentence initially answering the question (listing the two reasons) and then two subsequent paragraphs for each reason. The paragraphs will probably be fairly short — about 3-5 sentences each. There should also be a final paragraph reiterating the points made in the first paragraph (i.e. restating the two main reasons we know that Clark loves Pomp).

Resources for Great Constructed Responses

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As part of our Journeys program, students are asked to respond in writing to the stories we read. We call this a “Constructed Response”. The goal of Constructed Responses is to have kids dig deeper into their thinking. We want them to consider why things happened, the cause and effect relationship of characters and events in the story and compare and contrast ideas, among many other things.

To help students develop their thoughts, identify trends in the story, find text evidence to support their ideas and opinions and create thoughtful responses, we utilize a model called “RACE”. Continue reading Resources for Great Constructed Responses