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Mastery of the Function Unit - Section 1: Testing Content and Type of Questions

I am giving no major Unit tests this year. I am providing shorter assessments to my students to better fit their needs. I am using the data from quick multiple choice online tests to guide my teaching and the retaking of test for individual students. I think that it is necessary to communicate to students in a timely manner about the skills that they have mastered, but also the small details that they need to remediate. I also provide several formative assessments and problem based questions as much as possible in my day to day teaching. That reduces the need for me to assess as much at one time. It provides quick feedback to me and the students about the work that needs to be done to be successful.

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# Mastery of the Function Unit

Lesson 13 of 13

## Objective: SWBAT complete multiple choice questions, short answers, and provide reasoning for identifying, evaluating, interpreting, and graphing functions.

*50 minutes*

The content that I expect students to master by the end of this unit is the following:

- Identify functions in multiple representations and provide reasoning
- Evaluating functions using equations and graphs
- Domain and Range of a function
- Graphing functions using a t-table

The type of questions that I will assess students is posted below:

- multiple choice
- short answer
- open response

In the following sections I will provide samples of test questions. I will not provide full tests because I used the state website Triand to give quick online assessments to my students as well as retakes throughout this Unit. I am giving shorter assessments this year due to the time needed to develop more in depth and rigorous curriculum for my students. Shorter assessments helps me focus on the content needs of my students. I either know to re-teach, re-test, or that the students have mastered that standard. I decided not to assess the students at this time on transformations of functions. I will test them at a later time within the unit for each function when we study each function more in depth.

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One of the assessments that I gave students in this Unit was a quick online test through a state website www.triand.com for Arkansas that allows educators in Arkansas to use. I am providing a few Sample multiple choice questions . As you can see from the questions, they are quick assessments to check for student understanding of identifying functions, evaluating functions, and finding domain and range.

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I also assessed students with an online test at www.triand.com using short answers. Here are some short answer Sample Questions. By providing a variety of different types of questions, students are more prepared for different formats. I like using short answer questions because students usually have to provide reasoning, but it is less time consuming than an open response question.

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I also used Open Response questions from the Arkansas state website at www.triand.com. Here is a Sample of an Open Response Question on Functions. The Open Response is more time-consuming, but again it is important to provide students with questions that require them to provide reasoning in a written format. The more variety of representations that students, as well as repetition of problems, the better they will be prepared for the PARCC exam.

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- UNIT 1: Introduction to Functions
- UNIT 2: Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities
- UNIT 3: Linear Functions
- UNIT 4: Systems of Equations
- UNIT 5: Radical Expressions, Equations, and Rational Exponents
- UNIT 6: Exponential Functions
- UNIT 7: Polynomial Operations and Applications
- UNIT 8: Quadratic Functions
- UNIT 9: Statistics

- LESSON 1: First Day of School
- LESSON 2: Introducing Functions
- LESSON 3: Identifying Functions and Providing Rationale
- LESSON 4: Domain and Range of Graphs Using Set Builder Notation
- LESSON 5: Domain and Range of Graphs Using Interval Notation
- LESSON 6: Evaluating Functions Using Function Notation
- LESSON 7: Evaluating Graphs and Equations Using Function Notation
- LESSON 8: Investigation of Distance and Time Graphs Using a CBR
- LESSON 9: Introduction of Parent Functions
- LESSON 10: Transformations of Parent Functions
- LESSON 11: Preparing for Partner Presentations on Transformation of a Parent Function(Day 1 of 2)
- LESSON 12: Partner Presentations on the Transformation of a Parent Function(Day 2 of 2)
- LESSON 13: Mastery of the Function Unit