The student reads the following passage:
Fran Dent wanted a raise. She told her boss why she deserved a raise. She told the boss that she worked hard, that she worked fast and accurately, and that she was always on time.
Her boss said that he didn't think she should get more money because she wasn't always on time. He said, "You're late most of the time."
She said, "I'm never late to work."
Teacher: The place where Fran worked had a time clock that showed the time everybody came in each morning. Fran and her boss decided to get the records to show how often Fran was late.
(Below the box is the student's prompt.)
Fran indicated that she was never late. The boss said that she was late most of the time. You'll write a paragraph that tells whose claim agrees with the time clock record. The equal box prompt show what your paragraph will say. You'll start by saying what the person who was right indicated. Then you'll tell that the time clock record supports that person's claim. Then you'll give enough facts to make it clear that one of the persons is right and the other is wrong.
The time clock record shows some of the employees. The first column shows their names. The next column shows the time they are supposed to be at work. They're all supposed to be at work at 8 a.m. If they come later than 8 a.m., they're late. The next column shows the number of days they were absent during the whole year. The last column shows the latest time they arrived during the whole year.
Some of the information in the table is relevant to the disagreement between Fran and her boss. Look over the table carefully.
Write your paragraph. Tell when she's supposed to arrive. Then give any fact that's relevant.
Here's what the student (a nine year old fourth grade student) actually wrote:
Fran indicated that she was never late for work. The time clock record supports this claim. The time clock record indicates that Fran's latest time for work was 7:56 a.m., four minutes before work.
The student would receive feedback to correct the vague wording of the last sentence. Then a good example paragraph would be read to the student:
Fran indicated that she was never late for work. The time clock record supports this claim. The record indicates that she was supposed to get to work by 8 a.m. and she was never later than 7:56 a.m.
In subsequent lessons the prompts would be faded until the student could construct a suitable paragraph for a similar type of problem.