Assessment Plan

Purpose and Learning Outcomes

Purpose:

Throughout third grade students learn the history and development of the United States.  European ideas and English traditions shaped the United States government and daily life of North American colonies.  The purpose of this lesson is for students to compare and contrast life during colonial times and communities of today. 

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of this lesson students will differentiate between present day life and colonial life. 

Assessment Context

Assessment guidelines:

Students will write at least one paragraph having a topic sentence, with at least four supporting details, and a conclusion sentence to compare and contrast the difference between present day life and colonial life.  The assignment is worth ten points. 

Holistic Rubric

10   Points –  Outstanding

 

Student writes at least one paragraph

Student has a topic sentence

Four or more supporting details

Student write a conclusion sentence

The entire writing assignment has less than two grammatical   errors

 

8   Points – Above Average

 

Student writes at least one paragraph

Student has a topic sentence

Three supporting details

Student writes a conclusion

The entire writing assignment has 3 to 4 grammatical errors

 

6   points –  Average

 

Student writes at least one paragraph

Student has a topic or a conclusion sentence

Two or more supporting details

The entire writing assignment has less than 5 to 6 grammatical   errors

4   Points – Below Average

 

Student writes at least one paragraph

Student has a topic or a conclusion sentence

One supporting detail

The entire writing assignment has less than 7 or 8 grammatical   errors

 

2   Points – Failing

 

Student writes at least one paragraph

Student has no topic or a conclusion sentence

No supporting details

The entire writing assignment has more than 9 grammatical errors

 

 

Testing Constraints

The total assignment is worth 10 points.

Time:  The students have the 45 minute social studies class to complete the assignment.  There are four students who have an IEP allowing them extra time during assessments.  Those students are allowed to use the resource room if extra time is needed. 

Reference materials:  Students are allowed to use their notes and handouts during this writing assignment.  They are allowed to also use their writing folders to assist them in effectively write the paragraph.  If they are not sure of the spelling of a word they must first look it up in the dictionary and if still not sure underline the word they are not sure of the spelling. 

Equipment:  Students are to use paper and pencil or choose to type their assignment.  If using the computer they are only allowed to use Microsoft Word and not the internet. 

Independent assignment:  This is an independent project so students are not allowed to work together or ask each other questions. 

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