Lesson Plan

Extended Response

Writing a detailed response to reading with evidence and appropriate organization
Kate M.
Classroom teacher
Immaculate Conception
Chicago, IL
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My Grades 6
My Subjects English Language Learning

Students will be able to...apply skills of extended response independently.

English Language Arts
Grades 6
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1 Hook

Activity: Investigating

Having read a passage and a related extended response question, project exemplary samples of student work from ISAT PDF of grade 6 extended response. Explain that we are going to read real student answers (anonymous) to identify important parts that make their response good.  Teacher will model first.

Student Instructions

Students will underline and annotate where they see something that makes the essay good (for example, a quotation from the text or a personal connection). Students will discuss and share what they determine.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Presenting

Teacher will review key ideas that students have and then show how they correspond with "SLAM" mnemonic device for extended response: State part of the question in your answer, Locate evidence from the text. Add your own experience, Make a meaningful connection.  Teacher will model construction of own response to same (or alternative) question using SLAM model.

Student Instructions

Students will copy graphic organizer or use guided notes to fill out key elements (SLAM) of extended response.

3 Paired Practice

Activity: Conversing

Teacher will provide additional reading and related question for students to construct a response.  Students will work in pairs using Word Processing technology.

Student Instructions

Students will discuss with one another and refer to graphic organizer to complete extended response in pairs.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Other — Writing

Teacher will provide third reading passage and instruct students to use graphic organizer for SLAM independently.

Student Instructions

Students will independently create response to reading with detail and evidence for claims.

5 Wrap Up

Activity: Presenting

Teacher will have students share and evaluate independent practice.

Student Instructions

Students will read aloud work to peers.