Constructed Responses for Learning

1st Edition

Warren Combs

Published March 1, 2016
Reference - 190 Pages - 34 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138931046 - CAT# Y203514

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Teaching students to write constructed responses does not have to become a test-prep chore. An intentional routine of constructed responses provides powerful opportunities to teach strategic thinking through writing that also deepens students’ knowledge about core subjects. In this clear guide from education consultant Warren Combs, you’ll learn how and why to teach students to write these short essays, no matter what subject or grade level you teach.

Special features:

  • Writing prompts that are based on Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and provide practice for students at all skill levels
  • Practical strategies to build critical thinking and improve students’ writing, including sentence stems, acrostics, framed stories, analogies, and quad clusters
  • Student self-assessment guidelines and rigorous peer-response strategies
  • An interactive log to help you manage best practices and keep students engaged
  • Reading-Writing Modules to help you review and implement the instructional practices and strategies
  • Sample student work, at different levels, with analysis

Throughout the book, you’ll find handy tools such as rubrics, logs, and checklists. These tools are also available as free eResources on our website,, so you can download and print them for immediate use.


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