3 Facets of a Constructed Response

When we think of the read-write task, we often think of a constructed response. This very academic type of writing has three facets:

  1. Answer/Inference: Repeat key words from the question and offer an answer/inference.
  2. Evidence: Cite textual evidence to support the answer/inference.
  3. Explanation: End with a concluding statement.

In order for students to successfully tackle constructed responses on test day, we need to explicitly teach them these three facets. That’s exactly what Shona Lansdell will be addressing during her Constructed Responses session during the Super Saturday Reading Conference.

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February 5 OR February 19, 2022

One-Day Virtual & Interactive Conference

Learn how to build better readers.

To boost achievement in reading, teachers need research-based strategies that are classroom-tested and easy to use.

After you attend Super Saturday, you will be able to build better readers with proven strategies that can be integrated into your lesson plans right away.


Choose from 25+ fun and engaging sessions.


Participate from the comfort of your home or school.


Interact live with presenters during every session.


Earn up to 20 hours of continuing education credit.

Learn to deliver explicit K-12 reading instruction.

Access a huge collection of digital resources.

This workshop is perfect for:

  • K-6 General Education Teachers
  • K-12 Special Education Teachers
  • Literacy Coaches & Coordinators
  • 6-12 Language Arts Teachers
  • 6-12 Content-Area Teachers
  • ELL Teachers
  • Title I Teachers
  • High-Ability Teachers
  • Principals & Assistant Principals

Session Descriptions

Keynote with Kristina Smekens

Reading Lessons Redefined In an era when distractions and disruptions are commonplace, delivering effective whole-class lessons is a persistent challenge. To overcome that challenge, teachers need the tools to make their lessons explicit and engaging. During her kickoff to Super Saturday, Kristina Smekens will redefine the traditional idea of a reading “lesson” and equip attendees with the motivation and methodology to begin using this instructional time to build better readers.

Vocabulary & Word Study

Stages of Word Work (Grades K-3, ELL)
Recognize the hierarchy of phonics development from lower to upper grades.

Root-Word Instruction (Grades K-12, ELL)
Grow vocabulary knowledge exponentially with explicit lessons on prefixes, suffixes, and bases.

Marzano’s 6 Steps (Grades K-12, ELL) Provide whole-class mini-lessons on domain-specific vocabulary following Marzano’s research-based steps to mastery.
Functional Vocabulary (Grades 2-12, ELL) Recognize the direct relationship between knowing general academic words and accurately decoding a prompt.
Vocabulary Lists (Grades K-12) Learn the 4-step process for building a grade-level list of domain-specific and general academic words.
Comprehension Standards
Summarize Literature (Grades K-12) Acquire a scaffold of lesson concepts to advance readers from retelling to summarizing to inferring the theme.
Track Ideas (Grades K-12) Acquire a scaffold of lesson concepts to teach readers how to track individual story elements and analyze their relationships.
Text Structure (Grades K-12) Acquire a scaffold of lesson concepts to understand the connection between an author’s purpose and the text’s organizational structure.
Perspective & Point of View (Grades K-12) Acquire a scaffold of lesson concepts to determine character feelings, infer author perspective, and analyze points of view.
Compare-Contrast (Grades K-12) Acquire a scaffold of lesson concepts that move readers from comparing individual ideas to comparing whole texts.
Reader Thinking
Science of Reading (Grades K-12, ELL) Understand that phonics and decoding must be taught in conjunction with comprehension and meaning—and vice versa.
Context Clues (Grades K-12, ELL) Demystify the idea of using context clues by showing students what clues to look for and where to look for them.
Make Inferences (Grades K-12, ELL) Introduce how the Reading Voice and Thinking Voice work together to figure out something the author never stated.
Background Knowledge (Grades K-12, ELL) Provide strategies for readers to make inferences despite a lack of text-to-self connections or personal experiences.
Annotate & Note-Take (Grades K-12, ELL) Equip readers with ways to record their thoughts while reading using grade-appropriate techniques.
Text-Based Responses
First Day to Test Day (Grades K-3, ELL) Identify a yearlong scaffold of write-about-reading skills needed to be game-day ready.
Primary Writing (Grades K-2, ELL) Learn developmentally-appropriate writing skills that include textual evidence in pictures, labels, and simple sentences.
Constructed Responses (Grades 2-12) Target the essential parts that need to be included in a polished constructed response—evidence, elaboration, and explanation.
Extended Responses (Grades 3-12) Demonstrate a deep understanding and synthesis after reading multiple texts on the same topic.
Narrative Responses (Grades 2-12) Study the four types of narrative read-write prompts, including the text types associated with each and key skills to teach students.
Content-Area Reading
Research Experiences (Grades 2-12) Identify frequent and authentic opportunities for students to execute research in the everyday classroom.

Subject-Area Reading (Grades 2-12, ELL)
Learn precisely how texts and purposes vary when reading in math, ELA, science, and social studies.

Text Features (Grades K-12, ELL) Move beyond simply identifying text features to targeting the bigger purposes behind the inclusion of these organizational aids.
Word Problems (Grades 2-12, ELL) Teach the technical and close-reading skills needed to comprehend story problems in math.
Digital Texts (Grades K-12, ELL) Teach students what the Reading Voice says, sees, and hears when “reading” audio, visual, and video texts.

Praise for Super Saturday

See what attendees of the 2021 Super Saturday Conference had to say.

“Let me tell you, the Smekens crew did not disappoint!”

Tina Stimpson

6th Grade Teacher, Lancaster MS – Lancaster, WI

“The digital resources that are linked on the handouts are amazing.”

Jeannie Lopez

ELA Specialist, Chancellor Elementary – Houston, TX

“It created a spark within me that I haven’t felt for a while.”

Charity Aguilera

ELA Curriculum Coordinator, Glendale Union – Glendale, AZ

“Although weekend time is very precious for all of us, I really appreciated the Saturday option, saving the planning for a sub.”

Joy Yurk

7th Grade Teacher, St. Paul Lutheran School – Grafton, WI
“Super Saturday validated what I’m already implementing into the classroom and refreshed me to ‘teach on’ for the remainder of the year!”

Jennifer Amstutz

Kindergarten Teacher, Lancaster Central Elementary – Bluffton, IN

“I love how professional, relevant, and organized the event was. You made it so EASY to follow along!”

Susan Arashiro

4th Grade Teacher, Greenwood Christian Academy – Greenwood, IN
“I have been to many Smekens workshops over the last several years. Smekens truly knows what best practice looks like.”

Timothy Dowling

2nd Grade Teacher, St. Benedict Prep. – Chicago, IL

“The organization was awesome! I love being able to access breakout sessions again and attend those I could not do on Saturday!”

Constance Winfrey

Literacy Coach, Gary Middle School – Gary, IN

“I really liked how the presenters were live in the chat for questions. It was nice to be able to get feedback right away.”

Candy Tucker

First Grade Teacher, St. Joseph Elementary – Missoula, MT

PD on a Saturday??

Ok, let’s face it—teachers are being stretched to the limit, and weekends are a cherished pocket of personal time. So why would you want to attend a full-day workshop on a Saturday?

Super Saturday is going to be super fun! With free digital giveaways and periodic prize drawings, everyone will be a winner.

You will learn so many practical, ready-to-use strategies, you’ll be excited to return to school on Monday.


Substitute teachers are virtually nonexistent at most schools, making mid-week attendance nearly impossible. Even if you could find a sub, attending on a Saturday means no sub plans!

Attending on a Saturday allows you to participate from the comfort of your own home.

Don’t want to give up your Saturday? No problem! Register anyway so that you have on-demand access to the entire conference through August 1, 2022.

Earn Completion Certificate

Earn up to 20 hours of Continuing Education Credit

When you attend the virtual-interactive conference on Feb. 5 or Feb. 19 you will receive a certificate reflecting 5.25 hours of professional development. Then, after the conference is over, you can view all the other sessions, which allows for an additional 14+ hours of PD credit. When you view session recordings after the conference, a completion certificate is provided for each session.

Choose Your Date





Super Saturday begins at 9:00 a.m. ET and ends at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Pricing & Group Rates

1-9 Registrants


Groups of 10+


Groups of 25+

Custom pricing available

What You Will Get

Recordings from Every Session

Your learning won’t stop once the conference is over with on-demand access to the recordings of every session through August 1, 2022!

Handouts from Every Session

Gain access to ready-to-print, full-color, strategy-packed downloadable handouts for all 25 breakout sessions!

Lifetime Access to the “Secret Site”

Your Super Saturday registration includes lifetime access to classroom-ready digital resources on our members-only Access site.


Ready-to-go Digital Resources

Downloadable Lessons
Blackline Masters
Related Video Content
Links to Helpful Websites

Super Saturday Presenters

Kristina Smekens

President & Lead Consultant

Learn more about Kristina
Kristina has a gift for making the complex seem simple—for showing teachers how to meet the needs of readers and writers by bridging the gap between education research and practical, classroom-tested strategies that work. A master of motivation, Kristina helps educators find the encouragement they need to return to their classrooms and execute change.

Courtney Gordon

Smekens Literacy Consultant
Learn more about Courtney

Known both for her enthusiasm and expertise, Courtney is a dynamic personality who makes friends fast and serves as a trusted guide to teachers across the K-12 spectrum.

With more than 10 years of experience as a Smekens literacy consultant, Courtney has the expertise to support teachers at every level of implementation.

Shona Lansdell

Shona Lansdell

Smekens Literacy Consultant
Learn more about Shona

Always approachable and empathetic, Shona taps into her 25 years of experience as a teacher, coach, and building leader to offer practical and realistic guidance to teachers.

This professional development dynamo packs a punch with crowds of all sizes as she motivates educators to apply best-practice literacy strategies.

Bridget Longmeier

Bridget Longmeier

Smekens Remote Coach
Learn more about Bridget

Bridget loves to learn, grow, and help others. That’s why she’s so motivated to come alongside teachers as they execute best-practice instruction in reading and writing.

Bridget’s career as an elementary teacher, literacy coach and Reading Recovery-trained practitioner has equipped her with the skills to help new and experienced educators alike.

Kristi McCullough

Kristi McCullough

Smekens Literacy Consultant
Learn more about Kristi
Teachers love the authentic, “from-the-trenches” insight that Kristi McCullough offers during her professional development sessions with K-6 teachers. Her rich experiences as a teacher, professor, coach, author, and literacy consultant allow Kristi to offer practical, classroom-tested support to elementary educators.
Rachel Remenschneider

Rachel Remenschneider

Smekens Literacy Consultant
Learn more about Rachel
Always developing her craft and expanding her knowledge, Rachel Remenschneider is driven by the desire to make a difference. While working as a fourth-grade teacher at Leo Elementary, Rachel made a difference with her students by continuing with a new brand of school after COVID-19 caused a fast pivot for teachers, students, and families.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I earn Professional Growth Credits?

With prior approval from the attendee’s school district, participants may receive credit for up to 20 hours of professional development. 

When you attend the virtual-interactive conference on Feb. 5 or Feb. 19 you will receive a certificate reflecting 5.25 hours of professional development. Then, after the conference is over, you can view all the other sessions, which allows for an additional 14+ hours of PD credit. When you view session recordings after the conference, a completion certificate is provided for each session.

Visit our Continuing Education Credit page for more information about how this workshop fulfills your state’s unique continuing education requirements.

Can I earn Graduate-Level Units?

Through a partnership with University of the Pacific, workshop attendees are eligible to pursue one, two, or three nationally-accredited graduate-level semester credits/units after this virtual conference.

The cost of graduate-level credit ($62 per credit/unit) is separate from the cost of attending a workshop. For more information, please contact us.

What is the workshop itinerary?

The conference will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. (Eastern Time). More details about session topics and times will be released soon.

Can I share access with my colleagues?
Sorry, sharing your personalized link to watch the workshop is not allowed. Doing so will trigger a block on your workshop access. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts! Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details.
Will this workshop be recorded?

Yes, you can view session replays as many times as you would like through August 1, 2022!

Do you offer a group discount?

Yes! Groups of 10+ will receive a 10% discount! If you are planning to register a group of 25+, contact us for special pricing and arrangements.

Will I receive a note-taking handout?
Yes! Every session will have its own note-taking handout. Attendees will receive an email a few days before the conference with instructions on how to download all of the handouts.
What is the cancellation policy?
Cancellations may occur at any time and a full refund, minus up to 5% transaction fees, will be paid. Substitutions may occur at any time. If you need to cancel your registration, please submit your request to workshops@smekenseducation.com.

Reignite Your Reading Instruction

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