Even if your students are taking a different assessment, I think youll find the writing instructional process described here of use. In addition to reading comprehension questions (some traditional multiple-choice, some using newfangled drag-and-drop or other tech-enabled formats the parcc includes three writing tasks: (1 narrative Writing based on a literary text, typically along the lines of continue this story.
Make the pitch that highlighting will enable students to skim quickly and find information they need to review when writing, so they wont have to read every word of every text multiple times. One thing is for certain: a major next step is to give students a fresh prompt and texts and let them work through the entire process on their own. Download a PDF of this article Sarah Tantillo writes frequently for MiddleWeb about literacy and the Common Core. Here is the question I derived from the 6th grade prompt above: How do these two texts develop the theme of freedom? In what ways are they similar? In what ways are they different?
Give students some guidance on how to determine whats important. Depending on how much time you have, you may be able to move into Day 5 work. Days 5-6: Move from Notes to Writing 1. (Note: For more information on why and how to turn writing prompts into questions, see my blog post here.) 6. Then model how to turn Sample Writing Prompt #2 into a question.
Invite students to help you annotate the Second Text for Response #2 and take notes on the 2-column chart. Day 2 was about modeling (I Do). Now you can move into the We Do phase.