Reflection: Checks for Understanding Show Me What You Can Do: Writing Pre-assessment - Section 3: Group discussion on findings


When I decided to stray from my normal pre-assessment strategy and allow students to have some collaborative discussion about the texts, I wasn't sure how it was going to go. Turns out it was awesome. They had great conversations about very difficult texts and were able to help each other make connections between the texts that might have otherwise been too difficult to write about.

An important note: I didn't tell them in advance that they would have these conversations, which is how I will do this in the future because it alleviated some of the "I'm going to wait for someone else to do the work" attitude that some students adopt when they know they are going to get the chance to talk before they write. 

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Show Me What You Can Do: Writing Pre-assessment

Unit 1: Establishing a Classroom Culture: Reading and Writing
Lesson 3 of 6

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate their ability to write about two texts with similar themes by creating a well-written analysis of two thematically connected works.

Big Idea: What can your kids do? Provide them a challenging, text-based pre-assessment to gather data and guide instruction.

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