Reflection: Quizzes Reading Circle Meeting & Assessment -Cinder Book One - Section 2: Quiz

 

I take a lot of pride in the assessments I give my students.  I am very particular about the types of questions as they drive my instruction - especially in these first years of the new Common Core when I have so any students trying to catch up from our old state core content and the new requirements. See this helpful article on the subject.

In my state we are expected to use multiple choice and short answer (among others) in our assessments, and since multiple choice is most familiar to students I generally start there and work my way into written answers. This quiz is the first to require a written component requiring my students to use content to answer a question and provide evidence from the text to support that response.

Note that while I am moving to the higher level written answers, I am still including multiple choice. There are two reasons for this.  One I want students to feel a certain amount of comfort and success, and two (especially considering the length of the text) I want some form of check as to their understanding of details from the section read.  Additionally, I am checking for clarity in specific areas of concern that arise in class. For example, question number 4 deals with a misconception my students had.  The did not understand the difference between "plague" and the name of the disease citizens have in the story.  They thought "plague" was a synonym for Letumosis - the disease.  I believe good multiple choice questions are written with the students in mind and require more than just recall.

Although, considering Common Core State Standards, I do want to move my students in the direction of more complex assessment, I use multiple choice frequently for the reasons addressed above. Additionally, I believe that while it may not seem extremely high level, it can be and answering multiple choice questions accurately is a skill that I must teach my students.  Given the fact that most assessment whether it e state, college entrance or job application, includes multiple choice, I would be doing my students a disservice if I didn't.  I like the analogy used by one of my administrators once in a professional development session.  Not using multiple choice with my students would be like a basketball coach not using a basketball in practice.  If the players are only working with volleyballs, footballs, soccer balls, etc. how can they be expected to be successful when they play a game using a basketball.  No coach worth his salt would do that.

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Reading Circle Meeting & Assessment -Cinder Book One

Unit 2: Literary Reading - "Sooner or later, everything old is new again." Part 1
Lesson 12 of 12

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate their understanding (though both verbal and written communication) of story elements through textual evidence.

Big Idea: Can you talk the talk?

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