The RADD short answer response strategy is a successful tool that many teachers use to support their students. In this article, you will learn how to engage your young writers with the help of a RADD Toolkit.
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What is a RADD short answer response?
Short answer questions are a great way for teachers to evaluate student understanding of a reading passage or unit of study. They allow students to present their understandings in a concise manner within a limited amount of space.
This is why I like to use the half-size composition notebooks. The smaller writing space feels less intimidating for any writer. Plus, they are super cute!
What does RADD stand for?
RADD is an acronym that helps students to restate the question and answer with two supporting details. (Restate, Answer, Detail, Detail).
Here you will see how you can make it a bit more fun. Provide your students with a RADD toolkit with fun accessories that will make your RADD lessons more engaging.
These fidget pop-its seem to be designed with the RADD strategy in mind! They are perfect! This simple rubric will help students assess whether they have included all components of the RADD reading response.
It is also important to provide your students with helpful feedback. This simple RADD rubric to print on Avery labels will provide your students with a quick visual so they know exactly what is missing from their RADD response.
RADD is a visual tool
Make the acronym RADD visual for your students when they are not using their RADD Short Answer Response Toolkits. Creating a bulletin board display will help remind your students of the importance of short answer responses.
Above are two examples of a simple bulletin board. In fact, you might even want to make one of your students the “RADD guru” for the year by including their photo like the one you see here.
What is in the RADD Short Answer Response Toolkit?
If you would like to assemble your own RADD toolkit for each of your students, you will need the following supplies:
- Pencil pouch
- Pop-it rubric
- Jr. Composition Notebooks
- Visuals and labels for the Toolkit like the ones you see in this article.
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If you would like to provide your students with a RADD Short Answer Response Toolkit of their own, you can find the resource pictured in these photographs HERE at my Teachers Pay Teachers shop.