Teach your students how to write a good constructed response and integrate grade level Social studies concepts with a Mexican Cession-based Constructed Response worksheet and graphic organizer.
What is a Constructed Response?
Constructed responses are non-fiction reading and writing experiences connected to content in all subject areas and geared toward students in grades K-6.These writing opportunities are critical to assessing student understanding of nonfiction texts, and they are heavily weighted on standardized tests.
This worksheet integrates Social Studies and Writing concepts. This two-page resource consists of the following stages of writing development:
- Students will read a short passage about Mexican Cession, and how the Texas Territory was acquired by the United States..
- Students will then complete a R.A.C.E.S. graphic organizer to plan out their response
- Students record their answer as a constructed response paragraph, and use a checklist to verify that all parts are included.
Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding
In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:
- Guided writing groups
- Lesson warm-up
- Lesson wrap-up
- Fast finishers
- Homework assignment
- Whole-class review (via smartboard)
Fast Finisher Activity
- Challenge your fast finishers to extend their constructed response topic into a research project or essay development activity.
Support Struggling Students
- Support struggling writers or ESL students by providing sentence frames to aid them in constructing their sentences.
- Read the passage together and highlight ideas that could be used as evidence and supporting details.
Easily Download & Print
Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to download the PDF version of this resource.
To save paper, we suggest printing this 2-page worksheet double-sided.
Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.
This resource was created by Nicole Ellis, a teacher in New York, and Teach Starter Collaborator.
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