End a Constructed Response with an Explanation

End a Constructed Response with an Explanation

End a Constructed Response with an Explanation Feb 19, 2018 | [Reading] Teaching students to write an efficient and effective constructed response often includes an acronym or formula. Each of the following acronyms includes the same essential pieces: Repeat key words...
Adapt Yes, MA’AM to Fit Longer Essays

Adapt Yes, MA’AM to Fit Longer Essays

Adapt Yes, MA’AM to Fit Longer Essays Mar 2, 2015 | [Reading] Many are familiar with the Smekens format for crafting short or brief constructed responses— Yes MA’AM. While working well for short written responses, this same structure can also be adapted to...
Teach Constructed-Response Writing Explicitly

Teach Constructed-Response Writing Explicitly

All the work you do to teach your students to read independently and comprehend proficiently is ultimately assessed in the form of a constructed reading response. This brief writing assesses the level of a student’s thinking about the reading and his ability to...

Constructed Responses Require Textual Evidence

Constructed-responses are a specialized type of writing that requires explicit, formulaic instruction. Smekens Education utilizes the Yes, MA’AM strategy to teach students the essential facets of the formula. This simple acronym acts as a frame, ensuring all...