Reflection: Essay Writing Assessing Student Comprehension and Analysis of "The Birthmark" - Section 3: Student Learning Activity


I chose to include this sample open response, The Birthmark Student Open Response, because it portrays the average score of my students' work. Understanding what they know and still need to learn is a prerequisite for my knowing where to go next with a student and the class as a whole. Open Response is a major part of the MCAS or state exam, and I need to know how to bring them to proficiency and higher.  This student included clear evidence which supported his answer but failed to explain in his own words how her inner conflict over Alymer's dream drove her to tell him to figure out a way to get rid of the birthmark.  This began the sequence which caused her death and lack of acceptance of her imperfection.

Looking at Student Work

I submitted this open response at one of our PLC's (Professional Learning Community) and received some helpful feedback on my scoring and possible future steps I could take to improve student scores. We are starting what I think is an important initiative in my school in examining student work. Though teachers have always examined student work as part of their grading process, the focus on teacher accountability and state common core standards has driven my school to a more structured and collaborative examination of a student's work.  I would love to hear any feedback you may have on this student's work as well as any suggestions that could help assist them in improving their reading comprehension.

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Assessing Student Comprehension and Analysis of "The Birthmark"

Unit 3: Short Fiction: Back to Basics
Lesson 12 of 12

Objective: SWBAT answer comprehension questions and an open response question which supports an analysis of the text by using clear, relevant, and accurate evidence.

Big Idea: How can students use evidence to show what they've learned?

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English / Language Arts, Short Stories, theme, characterization
  75 minutes
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