Reflection: Rigor Reviewing Plot, Characters, and Theme to Prepare for Assessment - Section 2: Discussion Review


Testing, Testing... What's the cognitive level?  It's possible that our students will rise or sink to the standards that we set.  Unfortunately, often our assessments do not have enough of a range of cognitive demands, so I recommend that we spend the time thinking about the Bloom's level that each question is assessing.  

Today's Responses.  In today's review discussion, I saw my students respond to questions that will prepare them for the cognitive demands of the test questions that will be constructed response.  I was very encouraged to hear the connections and leaps that that they could make back to previous material.  In particular, we had not discussed at all the connections between this book and previous books that we have read, for example, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  With a bit of prompting from me, the students were able to make a connection between Amir's character development and Junior's in that book (RL9-10.3).  Similar connections were made across thematic lines (RL.9-10.2) between this novel and previous ones as well. Tomorrow, though, the test will reveal whether all of the students can make these connections and also whether or not students can do this without my leading-type questions.  

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Reviewing Plot, Characters, and Theme to Prepare for Assessment

Unit 8: Extending Literary Reading in the Middle Chapters of The Kite Runner
Lesson 5 of 9

Objective: SWBAT identify key plot details and respond to higher-level questions about theme and character in the first half of the novel The Kite Runner by engaging in test preparation strategies.

Big Idea: We turn towards preparing for a summative assessment of the first half of The Kite Runner to gauge how well students are progressing with the challenging text.

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