Choose a major content area.
Write an essay question or task, which requires students to use higher-level thinking
skill or to take a position. You an always revise the question later in the process.
Select appropriate documents. Be sure to consider:
- Reading level (simplify or edit as required)
- Length of documents
- Graphic images
- The necessary time for students to read and analyze
documents/ plan and organize / write the essay
Sequence the documents chronologically.
Write a key question for each document. These scaffolding questions should help the
student answer the main questions.
Prepare the rubric for evaluating the students work. Use the generic sate rubric
model, but include specifics for each question.