Posted on 11/20/2015 at 08:47 AM by Blog Experts
I don't know about you, but I've always had a difficult time getting my students to respond to writing about reading. The students I work with get pretty surface level in their response. This is something I've been looking into more to see what else I need to be doing to help my students. I've been reading a lot lately on text-dependent questions (Fisher & Frey) and then came across this post in my newsfeed on Facebook: Teaching Students to Construct Written Response to Text.
The first sentence in this blog grabbed me and I completely agreed with what it said. It says...
Written response is viewed as the highest level of comprehension because students are able to communicate in writing their learning and viewpoints. With this assessment format students are forced to demonstrate the extent of their knowledge. Having students explain their thinking in an assessment is more valuable to teachers. Most importantly, teachers can provide constructive feedback to students and confer over it to improve students abilities rather than the use of a multiple choice assessment.
Read the blog post (linked above). I hope this can help you and your students as it helped me.