Thursday, October 11, 2012

RAiSE Up Your Writing Skills

Our district started an initiative called RAise Writing.  It stands for
Support with Evidence

The goal is to have students use this strategy when answering a constructed response question. 
Today, I asked the students, what is your favorite season?  Here is our practice response:

Notice the colors?  They correspond to each part of RAiSE:

We have the students go back and underline each part of their response with the corresponding color.  This way they take ownership of their writing and make sure that they used each part.

They did a really good job with it today!

And for today's laugh of the day...

I have a pretty large room, so during Reader's Workshop I let the students choose any spot around the room to read...

...and this is where I find ALL of them:

Yep, squished on that small area.  Cracks me up.

And guess what?  I won the Classroom Decorating Contest!!

Thank you so so much to all who voted!  I'm so excited!

You still have two days to enter my Hobby Lobby Giveaway!



  1. We just started a writing program called CoreConnections and it's very structured like RAiSE. I don't about you- my littles really struggle with writing. These ideas make it really concrete for them! Love it! Thanks for sharing and congrats on winning the decor contest :)

    The Learning Tree

  2. RAiSE sounds really intriguing. I bet you get great results. The example you posted is fantastic! Too funny about where all the kids congregated. I get that a lot, too. I guess they just love each other!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  3. I love that idea! My kids really struggle with organization. We are focusing on that writing trait in the month of October and I think this would be the perfect tool to help them!

    Second Grade Nest

  4. I love this. Great idea to help them remember the steps they need! I can't wait to have my kids use this.

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  5. Congrats on winning the contest!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  6. This will be perfect for my students...they struggle with exactly HOW to answer those kind of questions. Not for long...thanks for sharing!

  7. This is also very similar to Step Up to Writing, with my first graders focusing on using 2 colors, green and yellow. The green is for the topic sentence and conclusion, and the yellow is for the 3 details. I like how you are using an acronym. I may incorporate this into my writing next year with the same class in 2nd grade! Thanks for the idea!

  8. your post is very useful However, my fictitious stories and prose are what get me most of my praise and writing tips for student.

  9. Excellent work.. I figure out some very best writing skills from your article


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