Today will be my first official, summative assessment of their choice reading.
My school splits the gradebook between formative (20%) and summative (80%) grades. Each common course team (grade level by subject area) is responsible for determining what will go in each category and we are required by our administration to have the same summative assessments in all our gradebooks.
My common course team decided that we wanted bi-weekly, reflective assessments on the students reading. For this first one, we are only asking them to talk about their goals and the book they are reading in general terms. We will develop more specific questions for future assessments.
Given all of our thinking about the purpose of choice reading, my team and I agree that this is a continuation of the scaffolding from the 9th grade CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.10 reading standard and will allow our 10th grade students more success with the independent and proficient reading they will be required to do with our class novels over the course of the year.
I will ask the students to pull out their note-catchers (they are on the back of the assignment sheet from yesterday's David Sedaris activity) and talk about what they should look for when reading the additional memoirs, mainly aspects of the authors' craft and/or how each author shares his or her purpose/message (RI.9-10.5).
I will remind them that we are looking at these written texts because they will eventually be required to write their own memoir. I want them to see these texts as models for building a tool box for their own writing and tell them that I will be looking for specific details and textual support for their interpretations of these pieces of narrative non-fiction (RI.9-10.1).
Once the students are clear on their requirements for the day, I will ask them to join their table groups, which we call Faulkner squares (arranged by location in the room--these are groups of 3 or 4). They will then have the remainder of the time to read the following passages and fill in their note-catchers.
At the end of class, I will ask students to share out their observations of the texts and make a list of possible tools/techniques they want to use in their own memoir writing. I will collect their sheets and ask them to move desks back into rows before I dismiss them.