Reflection: Quizzes Assessment: The Midnight Ride of William Dawes - Section 2: Student Assessment: Structure, Narrator, Story


One of the things you often hear middle school students say is "Duh!"  Duh is a catchall phrase that means I was wrong/you were wrong/I feel stupid/I should have caught that/Don't you feel silly?  By eighth grade, I consider reading directions on an assignment to be a very basic expectation.  It's not that we aren't human and making mistakes on a daily basis (I sure am,) but really, thirteen year olds should be experienced and/or trained enough to remember to read directions.  So, if you don't read directions, well...duh!

Unfortunately,  with every assignment I give, there are always a few students who simply do not read/listen to/follow directions.  I am not talking about kids with attentional or other issues; we are really just talking about selective attention.  For this assignment, I had many kids who did not do the highlighting and underlining that served as the support for their writing.

So, what to do?  On the one hand, I test them to see what they know.  If I can't measure that, then I need to find out why and fix it, right?  On the other hand, I have strong memories of the nuns in my elementary school throwing perfectly good work in the trash because the student who created it did not follow directions and put his or her name on the paper. Sounds crazy here in 2013.  But, for most of us, it takes one or two lost pieces of work for us to learn our lesson.  I still have eighth graders who don't put their names on anything.  So, are we allowing this behavior to continue if we save them and let them re-do?  Duh!


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Assessment: The Midnight Ride of William Dawes

Unit 1: Narrative Poetry
Lesson 5 of 11

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate their mastery of the three key elements of narrative poetry.

Big Idea: It's time to show what we know about narrative poetry.

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