Reading Assessment

Lesson 1 9/8/2014

Objectives: Students will gain a true understanding of in-depth reading and use self-diagnosis to set individual reading goals.

Aim: How do we read critically so we can understand a text precisely?

Agenda

Do Now:

  • Use your notes from the self-reflection piece based on the self-diagnostic assessment (http://practice.parcc.testnav.com/#) and discuss with a partner what seemed to be the most challenging in your reading test. List 3-5 examples to share with the class.

Learning Sequence

  1. In a whole class setting, share the examples of challenging questions and analyze what skills are required to respond to the questions.
  2. Peer review the answer keys to the Common Core reading test.
  3. Students record their scores in their notebook.
  4. Discuss Passage A and questions 1-9.  A. What type of questions are they? B. What reading skills are required to respond to them? C. What areas do I need to focus on in order to improve my close reading skills?
  • Q 1: Symbolism and it meaning
  • Q 2: author’s purpose and interpreting a figurative speech
  • q 3: using context to figure out a meaning of a phase
  • Q 4: Critical summary and main idea
  • Q 5: main idea  ( so what ) drawn from listed details( pattern-repetition)
  • Q 6: Find the implied meaning through binary and draw so what: making connections, looking for patterns
  • Q 7: mood /tone through setting and descriptive language
  • Q 8: main idea , vocabulary, so what ( making an inference)
  • Q 9: author’s attitude

Quick Write ( informal assessment): Reflect on the reading practice, what are the additional reading goals that you need to include as your F.I.T.(Focused Individual Targets)? 

Wrap Up( Exit Slip): Based on the reading exercise we did today, what is your understanding of critical reading?

Homework: Write one full paragraph to provide me with additional information about yourself as a reader and writer. I would especially like to know what you are looking forward to accomplishing in class this year;  I would like to know more about you as a student, so that I might best address your academic needs. Use your best paragraph writing skills.

Lesson 2

Objectives: Students will  continue assessing their reading skills by evaluating their responses to the poem Money Must and a speech.

Aim: What skills are required to understand poetry and prose respectively?

Agenda

Do Now: Distribute the exam back to each student. Students copy down the questions for whch they have provided the wrong answer.

Mini Lesson

Poetry Discussion

1. In small groups, students discuss the assigned question(s) and look for evidence to support the right answer choice. They will also explain what type question it is and skills required to make the right choice.

2. Each group presents their ideas to the whole class.

3. Ask any remaining question you may still have.

Mid-Lesson Assessment: What does close-reading a poem mean?

Prose Discussion

Read the speech by Red Jacket and discuss the questions-

1. In small groups, students discuss the assigned question(s) and look for evidence to support the right answer choice. They will also explain what type question it is and skills required to make the right choice.

2. Each group presents their ideas to the whole class.

3. Ask any remaining question you may still have.

Quick Write: What is challenging about understanding a prose writing? What reading goals do you have for non fictional work?

Homework: Evaluate your overall performance between the Regents exam and self-assessment exam and write a full description of your reading goals for the semester. For example,

Individual Reading Goals Fiction Poetry Non Fiction
  1. Using evidence to establish a central idea

 

Example: Example: Example:
  1. Understanding sophisticated vocabulary using  context clues
  1. Identifying and understanding symbolism

 

  1. Understanding a specific purpose of an evidence