Building Better Responses
Many students struggle to include enough information in responses to inform their audience when they respond to texts - whether it is narrative, informational or poetry (even math and science responses). One of the tools that we use in our class is "Building Better Responses." This method provides a visual framework so students can easily see what they've included, and just as easily identify what they have not included in their answers. I am a huge advocate of students accountability and reflection, and this method makes it so easy for students to reflect on their answers, identifying their strengths and areas for improvement.
We explored the eight components of a great response (creating a resource in our reading notebook) and it includes a list of color coded reading response goals / success criteria. These are also hanging in the back of our classroom as another visual reminder. Students color code their work and can easily identify what components are there...and others to try and place to strengthen their response.
To the right, are two examples that are ready for color coding and peer review.