Day 19, 20, & 21:
Brainstorm with students what makes a high quality response. Generate a few criteria of high quality responses such as using the word “because” or “used vocabulary word” or “connected to a previous group’s response”. Create a few criteria for an “amazing” response. Perhaps an amazing response: “applies idea to life or another subject”, “presents two points of view” or “represents the answer in numbers as well as words”, “connects to a previous unit”, “shared a novel idea” or maybe the response is “sung”. The amazing criteria push students to stretch their thinking and use their knowledge in their responses. Post the “must have” and “amazing criteria.”
Notice how Must Haves and Amazing criteria change over time. As students routinely demonstrate a specific criteria then the criterion moves from the Amazing to a Must Have. Annotations such as the letters in the circles shown below enable students to annotate on their response the high quality criteria that are demonstrated.