Reflection: Checks for Understanding Writing About Independent Reading - Section 2: Reader Response: Independent Practice


I think it's safe to say that most language arts and English teachers will tell you that one of the hardest assessments is that of reading. How do we authentically and realistically assess a students reading of a particular text? For many, the initial answer is quizzes, tests, or perhaps projects. I think quizzes and tests are fine when you are assessing the content and not the skill. Should we really care if students remember every little detail of a particular book? I don't. I care more that students are developing a love of reading and developing skills in which they can talk and analyze the books they are reading.

This assessment really becomes challenging when students are reading different books. How can we assess students to see that they are getting something out of what they are reading? We need to first remember what we are trying to assess to begin with. Do we really want our students to remember what happened about page 54 of a certain book? I don't. I care more that students are thinking about what they read and that students are begin to notice how and why an author writes in a certain way. Those will give students a greater understanding of a book and if they can show me that, then the assessment will speak for itself.

Informal writing pieces, likes those in this lesson, I think really prepare students for the thinking they will need to do as they get older.

  Assessing Student Reading
  Checks for Understanding: Assessing Student Reading
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Writing About Independent Reading

Unit 10: Independent Reading
Lesson 1 of 10

Objective: SWBAT analyze literature in order to produce writing pieces focusing on theme and character.

Big Idea: Finding ways to assess a student's critical thinking about their reading.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, writing about literature, Reader Response, text complexity, booktalk
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