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...
Color-Code Yes, MA’AM Facets

Color-Code Yes, MA’AM Facets

A popular question teachers ask regarding the reading portion of the assessment is…Do you have any tips on how to get students to score better on the constructed response? In most states the scorers are looking for three things in a well-written, short-answer,...