Essential Sentences 2

In a recent comment, jen said this about Robert’s Essential Sentences:

…I love the Essential Sentences! I have not used this as an exam yet, but plan to do this for sure. I actually used it as a sub activity. So great! It is an excellent tool for the teacher to determine how deeply the students are reading and thinking. You can really tell a lot from this in terms of who is still decoding and who is going beyond the text. I think it’s also compelling to students to hone in and think and choose what they think is most essential to the story….

This is important. If you haven’t explored Essential Sentences, and you want to know who is getting into readings at what level, this is a good way to do that. Here is the link to how we do Essential Sentences:



1 thought on “Essential Sentences 2”

  1. I’ve been calling this kind of activity “Cartoons with Captions” the past few years. It is one of the few things I have kept around from the textbooks days.

    It follows very well after a freewrite, when it can be contrasted as a “more polished” product than the freewrite.

    The end products are also very nice-looking, definitely worthy to hang in the halls during administration walk-through days.

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