Better Answers

Written Performance That Looks Good and Sounds Smart

"Students' writing skills are improving tremendously… Last year's fourth-graders started using the sandwich method mid-year and almost all of them scored in the highest possible category when they took the state's standardized English-language arts test just a few months later."
—Wells Central Schools, New York

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"Students' writing skills are improving tremendously… Last year's fourth-graders started using the sandwich method mid-year and almost all of them scored in the highest possible category when they took the state's standardized English-language arts test just a few months later."
—Wells Central Schools, New York

Wells Central is just one of numerous schools that attributes its success to Ardith Davis Cole's Better Answers process. Since 2002, her book Better Answers has of...read more

About the Author(s)

For over thirty years, Ardith Davis Cole has served the profession in a variety of capacities, from classroom teacher to literacy specialist. She has worked with students from grades K-12, but also with their teachers as she became an adjunct professor for reading/language arts courses at SUNY Buffalo and Buffalo State College.

Table of Contents

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Contents
CD Contents
Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Part I: Prewriting: Setting the Stage for Success
Chapter 1. Getting Started with the Foundations for Success
Chapter 2. Understanding the Prompt
Part II: Writing: Constructing a Response
Chapter 3. Getting Started with the Better Answer Protocol
Chapter 4. Step 1: Develop an Introduction
Chapter 5. Step 2: Build a Body of Details
Chapter 6. Step 3: Draw a Conclusion
Part III: Postwriting: Assessment and Our Response to It
Chapter 7. Getting Started with Assessment and Its Response
Chapter 8. Constructive Assessment
Chapter 9. What to Do When...:Responding to Assessment
Afterword: Get Real
Appendixes
Appendix A: Lesson Plans and PowerPoint Slides
Appendix B: Charts and Visuals
Appendix C: Sample Tests, Prompts, and Responses
Appendix D: Assessment Tools
Appendix E: Resources
Bibliography

Product Details

Grade Range: 3-8
Media: 232 pp/paper + CD-ROM
Year: 2009
Item No: 0748
ISBN: 978-157110-748-0

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