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Common Core: I am attempting to present all my lessons using the Common Core method. I will have a culminating assessment. However, given the way adminstration and parents view grades, I do not feel that I have enough "grades" for their progress reports. I feel that I am just putting in participation grades. I am not sure how to assessment daily learning without spending all night grading short responses. Any ideas for quick assessments? Also, my inclusion class is really struggling with Common Core. They have great difficulty looking beyond the obvious in text. I am currently doing a unit on rebellion verses comfority using Sojourner Truth, Harrison Bergeron, and MLK's "I have a dream"

Sep 2, 2013 8:54am

I will be using FDR's "State of the Union Address." (1941) as the culminating assessment. Students will be graded on annotating the text, the main idea (the big issue), and how it relates to the other texts we studied during this unit.

  • English Language Arts
  • 9-12
  • Common Core


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    • Sep 2, 2013 9:44am

      On going beyond the obvious, I recommend this video: I like how it takes students from a surface analysis to deeper, more ambiguous concepts like freedom. A neat example! Others will probably have tips on assessments. Good luck!

      • Sep 2, 2013 9:51am

        Thanks! I have viewed and implemented the lesson plan from this video. It really works on getting the students deeper. Just looking for more ideas!

        • Sep 2, 2013 10:00am

          Cool! Nancy, on the assessments, have you checked out the thumbs up/sideways/down and "fist to five" videos? No, they're not written assessments or grades but they do gather feedback on student comprehension. Many colleges use the iClicker to assess student comprehension of the material; the hand signals are a "low-tech" version of this. Just a thought. Have you seen Stanford's "Beyond the Bubble" history assessments? Yes, they are just history but they might give you some ideas.

          • Sep 4, 2013 7:55am

            Hello. Do you use a rubric? One of the LA teachers at my previous site uses a rubric for her student's written responses. In each response she looks for 3 or 4 "things" (I'm a math teacher). To make this as short as I can...She only grades maybe one or two of those items on the rubric at a time. One assignment may have 2-4 grades. This also gives the students time to reflect and rewrite when the opportunity is given.

            • Sep 5, 2013 3:33am

              Try the Paideia seminar and grade students on the proficiency of their discussion using the Speaking and Listening standards. I used it with my inclusion class and it really pushed the kids comprehension skills.

              Also, the Common Core doesn't suggest you can't use formative assessments, so you can still grade their formative work to establish a baseline for the kids. This will also help you support them as they revise their work.

              Hope this helps!
              Katie Novak