Understanding how to compose a quality written response to a reading passage will be critical for your academic success at middle school, in high school, and when you attend college. The ability to master this language arts skill should be important to you because multiple major assessments will require this testing format throughout this year. Spending time to master extended response reading items during your eighth grade year will also yield positive academic results for you while attending high school.
- Study all extended response items before reading the passage.
- Carefully read the passage.
- Reread the extended response item and skim the passage to locate needed information.
- In the beginning of your response (the introduction) restate the title of the passage and the author’s name. Then, briefly restate and answer the question. Your introduction should only be one or two sentences long.
- In the middle of your response (the body), support your answer with at least three separate items from the passage. Use as much detail from the selection as possible. This part of your response should be three to six sentences in length.
- At the end of your response(the conclusion), restate your answer in a slightly different manner adding some of your own insights relating to the question that add insight to your answer. Limit your conclusion to one or two sentences only.
- Revise your response for word choice, fluency, general conventions (punctuation, capitalization, spelling,sentence structure), and use of transitions.
- If allowed, draft your response on scratch paper and then neatly compose your final copy after revising it.
Extended Response Scoring Guide
Use the chart below to evaluate a written constructed response assignment. Circle the numbers that best indicate how well the criteria are met.
4= Clearly meets this criterion
3= Makes a serious effort to meet this criterion and is fairly successful
2= Makes some effort to meet this criterion but with little success
1= Does not achieve this criterion
0= Unscorable (no name, limited attempt, not handed in on due date
Criteria For Evaluation Rating
1. Prompt or question is restated and answered in a topic sentence. 4 3 2 1 0
2. Summary of text and author's name and title are provided for
context to reader. 4 3 2 1 0
3. First example is clearly stated and explained with facts, details and/or reasons. 4 3 2 1 0
4. Second example is clearly stated and explained with facts, details
and/or reasons. 4 3 2 1 0
5. Third example is clearly stated and explained with facts, details
and/or reasons. 4 3 2 1 0
6. The closing includes some connection to self, text, or world. 4 3 2 1 0
Word Choice and Sentence Quality
7, The response demonstrates use of strong word choice and sentence
structure that reveal appropriate grade level skills. Transitional
words and phrases are used throughout the response to connect
information adding coherence to the answer. 4 3 2 1 0
8. Spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar are essentially
correct and consistent. Evidence or careful proofreading is evident.
4 3 2 1 0
Total (Add up the total number of points earned.) _________
Score (Use the chart below to find the score earned out of 10) ________
32-31 = 10
30-28 = 9
27-25 = 8
24-22 = 7
21-19 = 6
18-16 = 5
15-13 = 4
12-10 = 3
9-7 = 2
6-4 = 1