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Mexican Cession- Constructed Response Passage Worksheet

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 2 pages | Grades: 3 - 5

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:

  1. Students will read a short passage about Mexican Cession, and how the Texas Territory was acquired by the United States.. 
  2. Students will then complete a R.A.C.E.S. graphic organizer to plan out their response
  3. 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:

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. 

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This resource was created by Nicole Ellis, a teacher in New York, and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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