Demonstrating Understanding of Zora N. Hurston’s story “Drenched In Light” Through a Teacher Designed Test.

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SWBAT Analyze Zora N. Hurston’s Characters in “Drenched In Light” and how they Advance the Plot and Develop Theme by answering Comprehension Questions and Writing an Open Response.

Big Idea

Why would an elderly wealthy woman want a young vivacious poor girl around her?


10 minutes

This activator is a review that helps students gain confidence before writing their open response that will be a reading comprehension task in this assessment.  In Massachusetts an open response is a written reading comprehension assessment used on the state grade assessments.  Students are given a text to read and a prompt to answer.  The open response is a short on demand written response that has a specific format but can be responded to in a variety of ways.

I ask students to think about answering an Open Response question and then using the activator, Words That Come to Mind, write words for Open Response and the P.E.E. Template. After giving them a few minutes to write the words that come to their minds, I ask them to turn to a peer and share answers.


Building Knowledge

10 minutes

I ask the students to read and answer the questions written on the board: 

1. How many sentences are in an Open Response?

2. Where do you find the answers to an Open Response prompt?

3. What does P.E.E. stand for?

I then facilitate a discussion by selecting students to answer these questions to prepare them for the summative assessment. Students then check the words that they wrote in Words That Come To Mind to determine if they have the correct answers to these questions.  Lastly, I review the correct answers with the whole class.



Students Learning Activity

55 minutes

Using the short story, "Drenched In Light," as a reference, students will begin answering question on the test which includes an Open Response question.  I give them a P.E.E. organizer to assist with organizing their thoughts and as the common core standard RL.9-10.1 asks students to cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. 

Because I want them to use the majority of class time completing this test,  there is not a wrap up summary question for this lesson.