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Example Assessments

On this page you will find examples of the four main assessment activities I use: discussion, skills practice, essays and quizzes, as well as the assessment tools I most frequently use: discussion rubric, effort based scale and essay rubric. 
The following examples of Assessments from Module 6 - Note Taking

Example Skills Practice

Objective: Students will take notes utilizing at least two strategies (rule-based summarizing, paraphrasing, highlighting) and one note taking method (tables, note cards, note webs)

Skills Practice 1 - Take notes while reading Tamar on the theme of truth, secrets and deceptions, focusing on when characters must make decisions in relation to this theme, and what the effects of their decision are. Be sure to utilize at least two strategies (rule-based summarizing, paraphrasing, highlighting) and one note taking method (tables, note cards, note webs)

Skills Practice 2 - Take notes from 2 information sources that discuss the German Occupation of Holland utilizing at least two strategies (rule-based summarizing, paraphrasing, highlighting) and one note taking method (tables, note cards, note webs)

Assessment Tool: Effort Based Grading Scale

Example Discussion Prompt

Objective: Students will tie literature to history through exploration of various pieces of literature.

Tamar is a story of the devastating effects of war. In an historical context it sheds light on the ideas of truth, secrets and deceptions. At many points in the story, the characters face situations that require them to decide how truthful they should be. Choose at least two such situations that occur in the novel. Describe them, the cost of each option, what the character decided, and how you would have acted in their situation. When you have posted, return and respond to at least 2 of your peers.

Assessment Tool: Discussion Rubric

Example Essay Prompt

Objective: Students will utilize note taking strategies to organize evidence for an essay.

Historical research is often about accuracy in the portrayal of events of a particular time and place. Using your notes from the previous assignment, construct a 700 word essay on the historical accuracy of the novel Tamar by Mal Peet. You must use at least 2 outside sources and the novel in your evaluation.

Assessment Tool: Essay Rubric, Self Assessment

Example Quiz

Objective: Students will review the importance of taking notes during the research process.

Question 1 (1 point)
What is the central difference between copying notes and making notes?
a copying notes takes more time
b copying notes requires thought
c making notes takes less time
d making notes requires thought

Question 2 (1 point)
All of the following make up the combined actions of note taking except for
a sorting through information
b finding meaningful bits of information
c reducing information into shorter form
d copying from a teacher's board

Question 3 (1 point)
All of the following analogies describe how the notes function in the overall research paper writing process except for
a the mortar between the bricks
b the thread in your clothes
c the paint on a wall
d the nails in the frame

Question 4 (1 point)
What of the following is not the purpose of note taking?
a to give you something to do while your teacher talks
b to provide evidence to back up your thesis
c to gather facts, ideas and unique wordings
d to give you authority as an author


Further examples of the Activities/Assessments can be found on the Sample Learning Activities Page.