Reflection: Student Ownership Summative Assessment for Of Mice and Men: Academic Choice - Section 2: Building Knowledge


Academic Choice

Academic choice is a term I learned through my work several years ago with Responsive Classrooms.  It can be adapted to any grade level and I found Academic Choice can be a powerful tool for motivating students' learning. When I use Academic Choice to structure lessons, my students often take more responsibility for their work becoming purposeful learners who engage in an activity because they want to, not because I told them to.

In this assessment, Academic Choice was simply giving them a choice of how they want to demonstrate what they've learned, either through a letter or designing a movie poster.  My spacial learners chose the poster and those who enjoy writing chose to write a letter from Lennie to George.


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  Student Ownership: Academic Choice
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Summative Assessment for Of Mice and Men: Academic Choice

Unit 9: Of Mice and Men
Lesson 15 of 15

Objective: SWBAT analyze how complex characters in the text in Of Mice and Men interact with other characters and advance the plot or develop the theme by answering questions on a summative assessment.

Big Idea: Putting It All Together: How I ask my students to show me what they've learned through Academic Choice.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, language choice, realism, Literature, Literary Response and Analysis, literary journal, analyze details, historical context clues, historical background, Aristotle, quotations
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