Is anyone else feeling the push to prepare their students to be successful with paired passages and paired texts from state assessments? We are in Georgia for sure! In fact, we have a new state test this year that focuses heavily on constructed responses with paired passages. Yikes! The majority of my students are not strong readers when they come to me. Throw in paired passages, and we have a problem. I put together this resource to help scaffold my readers into mastery of paired passages and I want to share it with you today.
Now, that the length of the passages was tackled, I needed to find a way to scaffold the constructed response tasks. Some of my students still struggle fully answering and supporting constructed response questions with only passage, so I needed something that would really help scaffold this skill. With that in mind, I created three different “levels” of response. Here is a picture of Level 1. Level one contains a Think Aloud Prompt and Sentence Stems to support the students. This helps my students understand what the question is asking them (through the think aloud) and how to formulate a complete response with evidence (through the sentence stems).
Here are the other two levels that I also created to meet the needs of all my readers. Level 2 contains only the Think Aloud Prompts (same as level 1) and Level 3 contains no support.
I use these response sheets to even further differentiate paired passages in my classroom. Some students need full support (lowest reading level and level 1 response tasks) and some only need support with the responses but can handle a higher level of text.
To check out the resource (which contains 5 sets of leveled paired passages with three differentiated responses per set ), click here or on the image below to see them in my TeachersPayTeachers store.
I would love to hear how you are supporting your readers with this complex skill!