Reflection: Lesson Planning Assessment Day - Section 3: Zebra Test


Part of transitioning to common core is transitioning to more authentic assessment.  I've already transitioned to using more short answer and short essay questions to assess students' reading ability, rather than multiple choice questions.  However, the writing scores of this year's seventh graders are. . . low.  Which raises the question--if the final assessment is relies on writing, am I truly assessing their reading  skills? Or is the writing ability getting in the way of them showing what they really know? 


Which leads me to my "I wish."  I wish we had left the Socratic seminar for the final assessment.  Not in place of a final test, but in conjunction with it. I wish that we had done the Socratic seminar after discussing the text-dependent questions.  The Socratic seminar discussion was okay, but just okay.  I think if we had left it for the very end of the unit, it would have been fantastic.


So if you're reading my lessons and reflections and using them to help you teach and and you haven't taught the Socratic seminar, wait until the end. Please.  And then let me know how it went.

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Assessment Day

Unit 4: Analyzing Literature in Socratic Circles with Chaim Potuk’s “Zebra”
Lesson 11 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to analyze poems for figurative language and a short story for characterization and motives by taking a test.

Big Idea: Students take a test to prove they know what they say they know.

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