Sometimes you want to assess understanding, and sometimes you want to assess process. Here’s a sampling of both.
Assessing a Student’s Understanding
- Students publish essays or book reviews on the Loose Canon platform, visible only within your school.
- Students answer Questions To Ask of Any Literature- for middle and high school (from Loose Canon™) Download
- Fifty Alternatives to the Book Report from NCTE’s ReadWriteThink.org
- Grades 1-8 Reading and Writing Performance Assessments Aligned with Common Core (from Columbia University Teachers College)
- Writing Assessments (from Columbia University Teachers College)
- “In-book” Oral Assessment for Primary Students Doing Independent Reading (from Columbia University Teachers College)
- Student Presentation: Book Review and Analysis (from Josh Bledsoe at Greenville City HS Download
- Lit Circle Book Review and Analysis (Common Core Aligned) (from Josh Bledsoe at Greenville HS) Download
- Student to teacher reading conferences
Assessing a Student’s Process
- Students self-evaluate with semester Reading Ladders described in Teri Lesesne’s book or as modified by Penny Kittle in Erica Lee Beaton’s blog post.
- Students publish their reading responses on the Loose Canon platform, visible only within your school.
- Spotlight Reading (Roy Smith at aplithelp.com)
- Unpacking passages with a Commonplace Book (middle grades through college) (from Loose Canon™) Download
- Unpacking passages with a Commonplace Book: example from a 9th grade student (from Loose Canon™) Download
- Questions to ask of Any Literature (middle and high school) (from Loose Canon™) Download
- Teaching Students How to Annotate (from NCTE)
- Creative Annotation (From Lauren Gehr at Edutopia)
- Student Reading notebooks for LS and MS (from Columbia University)
- Student to student reading conferences, speed-dating style
Teachers: We would love to hear from you. Please send us a link to your favorite assessments for independent reading.