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HI I am a first grade teacher. I would like to know if any other first grade teachers are teaching extended response to their students. If so, what are some of the names of books you are using? I would also like to know how you go about teaching extended response.


What is extended response?

Hi! I am unfamiliar with the term extended response. Our district does open response questions. Open response means you have to write or sometimes in 1st grade draw an answer to a question (as opposed to multiple choice or fill in the blank type questions). For example, our last open response question was with the book Rainbow fish. Students were asked to draw (and write if they could) a picture to show what happens at the beginning, middle, and end of the story. They are then scored on a zero through 4 rubric scale.

I also do these in Science a lot. I will give a unit test and the open response question at the end will require some kind of writing. When I was in school they were called essay questions.
If this is what you mean let me know and I will offer my suggestions for teaching how to answer open response.


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great book!

As above, I'm not sure what you mean by "extended response." We do written response to books as is described in: Reading With Meaning: Teaching Comprehension in the Primary Grades by Debbie Miller. Her book is fantastic...the chapters are broken down into specific comprehension skills and she includes a list of books to use with each one. I absolutely love the resource and if you ever get to see her in person at a conference, you should! I suggest you check out the book on amazon and read the description/reviews to see if this is what you're looking for. Good luck! Let me know if this is what you meant by extended response.