Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Speicher - Summative Assessment

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment for the unit Watsons Go To Birmingham: 1963 is a choice assessment where the students can choose to different digital tools to demonstrate the author’s intention in writing historical fiction about this time period

I do not have links or screenshots of student work, at this time, because the students have not yet started the assessment.
Digital resources utilized in this assessment:
Google Docs
Google Maps

Standards assessed: 
7.4.6.6 Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text, including those from diverse cultures. 
Below are the directions for the choice assessments:
7.4.2.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

Authentic Rationale:
This is an authentic assessment because "The tasks are either replicas of or analogous to the kinds of problems faced by adult citizens and consumers or professionals in the field." -- Grant Wiggins -- (Wiggins, 1993, p. 229).  Students are assessed on their ability to synthesize information and present it in an interesting way.  In this case, they learned about historical fiction, fiction, history, and author's purpose.  They are then given choice in how they will present their information.  

Reflection:
I really like the formative assessments I used for this unit.  In particular I like EdPuzzle because it was a new one I hadn't used before.  The summative assessment is a little harder to reflect on because the students haven't done it yet.  I think that several students will choose the Vidra rap but that it will be a tough one for them to complete because there are many parts to organize.  That may be the toughest of the three, but it looks easier than it will be.  I don't see any of these struggling reading choosing the interactive paper.  Writing scares them, even though this choice might be the easiest to complete because the organization set up in the instructions.  I think many students will opt for the Google Maps choice.  That will be a great way for them to show what they know in an interesting and different format.  I look forward to seeing what they choose and what the end product will look like.

Assignment:
Speicher
Reading 7
Summative Assessment TWGTB1963


You have read The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 and now it’s time to show what you know about the story, 1963, and what the author’s intention was writing historical fiction about this time period.
You will have 3 choices to demonstrate your learning:


Choice 1. You will write an interactive paper on TWGTB1963 using Google Docs.  


  • Your paper will be no shorter than 500 words
  • Your paper will include at least 5 interactive links.  These can include the Padlet on the symbolism of the car, the video on the winter clothes race, pictures that depict 1963, videos of events in Birmingham 1963
  • You will post a link to your summary on our TWGTB1963 Summative Assessment Padlet
Paragraph 1: Introduction.  Tell your readers that this paper will include a summary of the book,  what happened in Birmingham in 1963, and why the author felt it was important to write about this period in history.
Paragraph 2: This is the paragraph where you will give a summary of the book.  Be sure to include all of the information you wrote on your plot map.  This might be a good place to include the Padlet and the race video.
Paragraph 3: This paragraph will tell about the historical events that occurred in 1963.  This is a good place to include why the author chose to write about this time period. Tell why the author chose the fictional family, the Watsons, to be a part of this history.  This would be a good place to include a short video from YouTube that shows events.  
Paragraph 4: Tell why historical fiction is important.  You could include your notes you took in class in Notability.
Paragraph 5: Conclusion.  This paragraph will be a short summary of your paper.


Choice 2.  You will create an Explain Everything or Vidra on TWGTB1963.


  • You will write an outline that you will show to Ms. Spike or Ms. Kirby before you start your Vidra or EE.
  • Your Vidra or EE will include a summary of the story including all of the story elements on your plot map.
  • Slides that show and tell about historical events in Birmingham 1963. Be sure to include why the author chose the fictional family, the Watsons, to be part of this history.
  • Slides that show and tell why historical fiction is important.  Include information from your notes.


Choice 3. You will create a Google Map of the TWGTB1963.


  • You will write an outline that you will show to Ms. Spike or Ms. Kirby before you start your Google Map
  • Your Google map will include all of points on the plot map.  

  • It will include pictures or videos for each point.
  • It will include the Padlet and the race video.
  • Birmingham points will include video of historical events and why the author chose the fictional family, the Watsons, to be part of this history.
  • The last point will tell why historical fiction is important.



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