Writing a Quality Constructed Response

It’s that time of year again, the dreaded test prep season.  Ugg!  Now days and even more so in the future, students are  and will be required to support their thinking through their writing.  As we all know, this is not an easy task to learn let alone teach.  I wanted to share a scoring guide that I use with my students.  We call it, It’s a R.A.P.  It is very straight forward for me as a teacher and easy for the students to remember and apply.


My students used what we called a Brain Book on a daily basis.  To find out more about our Brain Book, you may want to read THIS post.  You will see that the students glued the scoring guide on the inside cover of their composition book.  This was their go to resource.  When my students were given a prompt, they knew exactly where to go to reference the scoring guide.

It’s hard to read the student’s response from the picture, so I have included it below.  She received a 4 because she answered the question correctly and supported her answer with two text based reasons why the theme of the story was responsibility.  This was not her first attempt, yet a result of time spent practicing and reflecting on how to write a quality constructed response.



You can download the It’s a R.A.P – A Scoring Guide for Writing Quality Constructed Response Answers HERE or clicking the image below.


I hope that you  and your students find this helpful!

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  1. says

    It’s a RAP is really cute. Must be that time of year because I just posted about a strategy we used for answering constructed response questions. It is called SLAMS. Not sure where the credit goes to for it, but it has been really helpful in the past.
    Thanks for sharing such a cute idea. :)


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