[BHS Etree] ADMIN: Constructed Response Essay Info. plus Rubric

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Thu Apr 23 17:14:19 PDT 2015

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Dear BHS Families,

Next week in their English classes, 9th and 10th grade students will 
write their Final Constructed Response essay. *Constructed Response *is 
Berkeley High School’s way, on a school-wide level, of providing 
students quarterly practice and feedback in reading and taking notes on 
informational texts and writing argumentative essays. Constructed 
Response also lets us know how effective we are in teaching students how 
to write organized, logical, evidence-supported arguments.

BHS English teachers created this assessment to prepare students for 
college level writing.

All 9th and 10th grade students have written 3 argumentative essays 
already this year- first in their English classes, then in their History 
classes and recently in their Science classes. Students received 
feedback on each of these essays and English teachers provided writing 

Next week, students will write their final argumentative essay of the 
year. To let you know how your child is progressing, we will be mailing 
home a letter including a report of their performance on this task. We 
will include the rubric we use to score these essays. The rubric is also 
included as an attachment and /for e-tree subscribers who get the digest 
version/, links to the rubric are included below. To support your 
student's improvement in writing a strong essay, you can use this rubric 
to help them evaluate any argumentative essay.

You can find the rubric here: 

or using a shorter url here: http://goo.gl/4Tr1XB

Thank you!

Kristin Glenchur

Principal, Berkeley High School


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