Writing Constructed Responses
This lesson wraps up a unit on real-world math. Here, students prepare constructive responses to questions about travel budgets created in earlier assignments.
- Grades: 6–8
- Unit Plan:
Utilizing prior knowledge and experience gained from the previous lessons in this unit, students will complete a constructed response question providing top quality answers.
- Create an appropriate constructed response.
- Develop an understanding of assessment for constructed response.
- Completed Pie Charts from Lesson One
- Completed Calculating Vacation Costs (PDF) worksheet from Lesson Two
- The Constructed Response Scoring Guide
Set Up and Prepare
- Supply completed work from Lessons One and Two for each student.
- For modeling, prepare a top quality answer to one of the constructed response questions listed in Step 2.
Step 1: Tell students that they will ultilize all of the information and work previously completed in Lessons One and Two to provide a complete answer to a constructed response question. Review the Constructed Response Scoring Guide and discuss what elements make a top quality answer.
Step 2: Offer the following sample questions, or ones of your own:
1) How could a pie chart be used to represent your budgeted vacation? Explain what the slices of your pie represent. Give examples.
2) Give three examples of how you could have improved the budgeting of your trip. How would you rate the success of your vacation on a scale of 1-5? Explain.
3) How did current gas prices affect the quality of your vacation? Give examples of ways your trip would have changed if gas cost $1.00 per gallon.
Step 3: Allow a full class session to answer questions. Encourage students to write a draft, edit, and rewrite for completion. As they work, remind them what makes top quality answers.
Step 4: Ask students to share their answers with the class and discuss how they would score on your grading scale. Allow students to voice opinion on scoring.
Step 5: Model the top quality answers you prepared ahead of time.
Supporting All Learners
1. Review the elements of constructed response answers if necessary
2. Assist students in converting information into an acceptable answer
Invite students to create constructed response questions, and engage the class in providing answers.
Completed budgets can be taken home to compare with an actual family vacation.
- Provide a constructed response answer to a question utilizing information from previous lessons
- Discuss completed answers and evaluate according to the scoring guide
- How do you feel about the quality of the constructed response answers?
- Do your students understand what is necessary for a top score?
- In what other methods could you introduce constructed response questions to your curriculum?
Sample Rubric for Scoring a Constructed Response Question
3 — The response is successful in the following ways:
- It demonstrates an ability to analyze the stimulus material thoughtfully and in depth
- It responds appropriately to all parts of the question
- It demonstrates proficiency with conventions of standard written English
2 — The response demonstrates understanding of the topic, but is limited in one or more of the following ways:
- It may indicate a misreading of the stimulus material or provide superficial analysis
- It may respond to one or more parts of the question inadequately or not at all
- It may contain significant writing errors
1 — The response is inadequate in one or more of the following ways:
- It may demonstrate weak understanding of the subject matter or of the writing task
- It may fail to respond adequately to most part of the question
- It may be incoherent or severely underdeveloped
- It may contain significant and persistent writing errors