Toolkit Ideas for Writing About Reading

literacy, professional resources, reading, test prep, writing

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A quick search for “toolkits” in the Units of Study Facebook groups will yield dozens of posts with requests for and pictures of various toolkits. They are certainly a hot topic. However, I haven’t seen many that focus on writing about reading, a component of balanced literacy that students are expected to do throughout the year in a variety of contexts. As a result, we’ve begun gathering and creating some sample toolkit pages on this Padlet. Browse for inspiration, and post your writing about reading toolkit pages, too!

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Resource-Based Question Resources

professional resources, reading, social studies, test prep, writing

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I remember document-based questions (DBQ’s) from the AP US History exam, for which I had to analyze and synthesize several primary and secondary sources to answer the¬†question. I enjoyed the task (NERD!), and before I’d heard of PARCC, I had my students work on DBQ’s throughout the year, usually in social studies. Now that PARCC is here, I’ve started calling these tasks “resource-based questions” (RBQ’s) since there’s a new emphasis on multimedia resources. It is the 21st century after all. I’ve started collecting sites that offer RBQ and DBQ resources.

What resources do you use to help students synthesize multiple sources?