Written Response to Reading

03 March 2016 / Leave a Comment
Hello! It's Allison from Stuckey in Second. Hope your year is going well so far, I wanted to share a strategy that I use for reading/literacy. This strategy was NOT created by me, but I use it a lot and have created little cheat sheets to go with it for teaching my 2nd grade students over the years.  

One workstation that my students do every week includes a question about our weekly story from Reading Wonders. They have to use their book to go back and use text evidence to answer. They are also required to answer a similar question on their end of the week reading test.

You could write any question from your own stories that your students have read and include "use two details from the text," for example. My students have been trained (conditioned!?) to use RAPP.... If you haven't seen RAPP before, just wait, I have lots of pictures to show you below! :)

In order for you to understand how much I teach and remind them to use RAPP when answering a question, let me show you all of the places that students find RAPP in the classroom:

Anchor chart at the back corner of the room
(near my small group table for me to refer to anytime I'm there)

Randomly posted around the room, in case they need a reminder!

Across this long bulletin board on the other side of the room:

And, last but not least...ON EACH OF THEIR DESKS!!!

Yes, I may be crazy...but guess what? Some of them still forget.

I also remind students to RESTATE part of the question when they answer people and have conversations. 

Here are some of the tools that I have used to help me along the way. I use these tools on whole group type assignments first, before I let them try them on their own in workstations.
Graphic organizers:

You really don't need to purchase anything to implement this in your own classroom. When I first started teaching my students this strategy, I didn't have all of these fancy forms. I just made an anchor chart with chart paper and markers and kept reminding them to use it. But, as the years went by, I needed more templates to help out my teaching. (That's what I've posted below.)

If you'd like to purchase my RAPP Detective Packet, which includes the posters (color and black/white), bookmarks, desk tags, and graphic organizers, click below:


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