Having recently participated in Lesson Study with the fabulous teachers at Lewis & Clark, one common focus area in writing is teaching students how to cite text evidence. Not only does citing text evidence and sources create good writing habits, it is also assessed through both our writing assessments and SBAC testing. So let’s take a look at the expectations, the rubrics, and finally some resources to support instruction for citing text evidence.
First, the district’s 3rd - 6th grade informative writing rubric references the use of text evidence:
SBAC’s 6th grade Practice Test Scoring Guide explains the rubric:
The exemplar provides specific language:
Preparing students to support their writing with facts from the text can be a challenging task, and extra support is always appreciated. Sentence stems, as highlighted in the exemplar above, are helpful for students to frame their thoughts while referencing the text.
One Lewis & Clark teacher found a resource that provided a variety of sentence stems to display in the classroom. With this goal in mind, I have recreated a few options that can be shared, printed, and posted as an anchor chart. Here are some choices.
If you like your poster to be large enough to see across the room, you may prefer that each sentence stem appears on its own 8.5x11 piece of paper:
One sentence stem per printed page
If you prefer one large poster, then this option can be sent to Graphix to be enlarged to your choice of size:
These are already in PDF form, so they should be print-center ready. Hopefully, this will be a valuable resource to support your writing instruction.
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