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Ms. Christy Reasons, a 12th grade ELA teacher in Shelby County, Tennessee, uses three-sentence essays on an exit ticket to formatively assess student understanding of lesson content.

Three-sentence essays allow students to synthesize their learning and teachers to efficiently monitor student progress. In their three-sentence essays, students are asked to do the following:

  1. Claim it—claim the big ideas
  2. Cite it—cite the information for those ideas
  3. Clarify it—explain how it all works together to present a message

In Ms. Reason’s experience, “What makes students more engaged is picking the right content and picking the right strategies.”

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