Reflection: Data Analysis Folktales: Formative Assessment - Section 3: Assessment


This assessment provides all sorts of data. First, it wasn’t designed to show if students were able to simply identify the definition of each term. Through our weeks of work, I was confident that students could tell me what a ‘conflict’ is or what the word ‘theme’ means. Where we struggled was in application of these terms. So I included the definitions of each on the test to remind students that their answers shouldn’t tell me what each term meant. Rather, they needed to focus on finding text evidence to show specific examples of each in their books.

The test also shows me how well students have been working together over the past few weeks. While I’d love to check in on every partner group each day during their work time, this simply isn’t possible. And so there’s always that possibility that students aren’t doing exactly what you asked during their work time. If they did what was required of them each day, this test should take less than ten minutes to complete. Which means that students who take the entire work time clearly didn’t do all of their work ahead of time. This is helpful in knowing if I need to make adjustments to partner assignments.

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Folktales: Formative Assessment

Unit 12: Folktales: Fables, Tall Tales, and Fairy Tales
Lesson 10 of 10

Objective: SWBAT show what they know about fictional elements on a formative assessment.

Big Idea: After spending several days learning about important elements of plot, students use the evidence they've gathered to show what they know on a short quiz.

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