Summative Assessment of The Absolutly True Diary of a Part-time Indian

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SWBAT comprehend and analyze theme, plot, and character development in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by completing summative assessment.

Big Idea

Demonstrating understanding of an emotionally complex novel by answering a writing prompt and comprehension questions.


10 minutes

To prepare themselves for the assessment, students review their completed Plot Diagrams.  I want them to be clear on the order of events and changes that occurred in the character through the conflicts and relationships with other characters. I circulate among students using guided practice for those who are not engaging in the activity.

Student Learning Activity

55 minutes

Summative assessments take many forms, including multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank short-answer question, and open response or essay questions. This summative assessment contains a combination of multiple choice and open response questions to check for understanding of themes and character development RL.9-10.2 and RL.9-10.3

differentiate the assessment by adding the number of the pages that the answer can be found for those students who either struggle with their reading skills or have a reading disability. Students are given their tests, and a P.E.E. graphic organizer for citing and explaining evidence, RI.9-10.1. The open response essay part of this assessment aligns well to the W.9-10.2 standard.  As I explain in my resource video, I've used the P.E.E. graphic organizer in past lessons and feel my students are now beginning to see it as the resource it is, and I hope they benefit from using it on the assessment today as well.  

I circulate among the class keeping students focused on the test and redirect when necessary. 

Wrap Up

10 minutes

1 Thing You Learned

I ask students to write down on a half piece of paper one thing they learned about the author, Sherman Alexie, after completing the novel the Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.  I plan to read the responses and return them the following day.