Reflection: Checks for Understanding Show Me What You Can Do: Writing Pre-assessment - Section 4: Wrap up and next steps


I am in the midst of grading their paragraph responses and am finding a lot of variance in regards to their responses. (Unfortunately, I can't figure out how to download their papers from without their names...I will work on this so I can share samples =).

They seemed to have understood the sonnet fairly well based on their responses to the questions and their annotation, but they lack depth and detail in their formal written response. This is their first writing sample for me, so that is pretty normal, but I was hoping that the sophistication of the texts and prompt would inspire them to write more formally. 

One thing I know for sure I will need to work on is their use of text to support a thesis. I also need to work on formal written response vs. informal response. Good thing the year is young and there will be many opportunities to circle back to these skills. 

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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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