Skip to content

Better Answers Written Performance That Looks Good and Sounds Smart

Spend $50 to get a free DVD!

ISBN-10: 1571107487

ISBN-13: 9781571107480

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Ardith Davis Cole

List price: $32.00
Blue ribbon 30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee!
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
Carrot Coin icon
XP icon
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!


"Student's writing skills are improving tremendously... Last year's fourth-graders started using the sandwich method mid-year and almost all of them scored in the highest possible category when they took the state's standardized English-language arts test just a few months later." Wells Central Schools, NYWells Central is just one of numerous schools that attribute their success to Ardith Davis Cole's Better Answers process. Since 2002, her book Better Answers has offered teachers and school districts a powerful alternative to "test-prep" workbooks. It presents a dramatically different instructional model that helps students construct thoughtful test responses, but it also prepares them for any task requiring thorough, cogent answers to questions and prompts -- both in and out of school.Now, with students tested more frequently than ever, and with teachers increasingly concerned about incorporating substantive test-taking skills into children's learning, Ardith Cole responds with a new updated and expanded edition of Better Answers. Informed by Ardith's ongoing work in classrooms where students struggle over constructed-response tasks, the new edition makes the Better Answers "sandwich" even easier to implement. The book has also been significantly reorganized, as well as expanded to include two new chapters, "Understanding the Prompt" and "What to do When." Also included is a resource-packed CD-ROM that contains everything teachers need to support their lessons and is a great tool for staff development: lesson plans for text-based and self-based responses; power point slides, charts, and other visual supports; sets of sample texts with prompts; sample student responses; assessment forms; extensive bibliography of print and online resources.The Better Answers process is easy to grasp and uses a gradual-release instructional process that begins with teacher modeling, invites increasing amounts of student participation, and eventually moves students into independent response writing. The book clearly explains each element of the process and provides helpful activities, authentic classroom vignettes, and tips on how to handle typical stumbling blocks along the way.
Customers also bought

Book details

List price: $32.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 12/31/2008
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 232
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

Ardith Davis Cole is a teacher, author, and literacy consultant with 30 years of public school experience. Her work focuses on collaborative methods. "Getting more dialogue into our classrooms and schools is a key to success." she explains, "I believe that I write and speak from the heart and mind of a teacher. I've spent so many wonderful years in the classroom. I've taught students of all ages and worked alongside teachers and kids as a literacy coach." She has also shared her methods and supported educators in other ways-as a university adjunct, an officer in professional literacy organizations, as well as, an independent literacy consultant for schools and organizations throughout North America and abroad. Several professional communities have recognized her dedication by honoring her with local, state and national awards, including the University of Buffalo's Outstanding Alumni Award. She also holds a Ph. D. in Reading from the University of Buffalo. Many have heard her celebrate: "I love being a teacher!" That love has inspired several books and a number of articles (see the following). To learn more about Ardith Davis Cole and her work please visit as well as her YouTube channel. Books by Ardith Davis Cole: Better Answers: Written Performance that Looks Good and Sounds Smart (2nd ed.) Stenhouse 2009 Right-Answer Writing: The Process and the Prompt, Heinemann 2007 Knee-to-Knee, Eye-to-Eye: Circling in on Comprehension, Heinemann 2003 When Reading Begins: The Teacher's Role in Decoding, Comprehension, and Fluency, Heinemann 2004 Better Answers: Written Performance that Looks Good and Sounds Smart, Stenhouse 2002 Literacy Activities for Building Classroom Communities, Pippin Publishing 1998 Articles by Ardith Davis Cole: "It's the Teacher, Not the Program," Commentary in Education Week Commentary, 2003 "Scaffolding beginning readers: Micro and macro cues teachers use during student oral reading," The Reading Teacher, February 2008 "Writing: An Unexamined Gatekeeper," Education Week Commentary, March 2007 "Essays on Tests: Making Writing the 'Gatekeeper' of Content Areas," Education Week Commentary, January 2002 "The Phonics Network: A Channel for Concern," Language and Literacy Spectrum, September 1998 "What Do You Notice?" Reading Teacher, January 1