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Explore two effective strategies for teaching students how to write constructed responses. The presenter shows how to use The Change Agent, a relevant, engaging student-written publication, both as a text that learners can deconstruct and analyze for meaning and as a model for their own writing.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • ELA (ABE) and ESOL teachers and tutors

The Change Agent, an online magazine published three times yearly, features writings by adult learners and emphasizes civic participation and social justice. The Editor, Cynthia Peters, will use this engaging and relevant resource to lead practitioners through two strategies adult learners can use to write constructed responses: (1) deconstructing and citing evidence from a text to understand and restate the author’s meaning and (2) analyzing models for constructing texts in response to writing prompts.

Participants will go through some of the steps to writing a constructed response, including clarifying what a writing prompt is asking; finding and citing evidence from a text to support one’s response; making writing choices; and writing a conclusion. They will practice with writing prompts from The Change Agent’s Call for Articles, so that they can later work with learners on writing for an authentic audience and potentially for publication.

Please note: This event cannot be accessed from the SABES website. You will receive a separate email from Joanne Harrington at Quinsigamond Community College 1-2 days before the start date with access instructions.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Use a strategy for deconstructing a text with learners
  • Use a strategy for analyzing a text as a model for writing
  • Guide learners through writing a constructed response using ready-to-use prompts accessed through The Change Agent
  • Consider having students write for publication in The Change Agent, following the Call for Articles procedures
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
04/29/2022 - 1:00 pm to 04/29/2022 - 2:30 pm

United States

PD Center
C&I PD Centers Collaboration
Topic Area
ESOL/English Learners