This 5 page PDF file is a written test for Kit Pearson's novel titled Awake and Dreaming
In this pdf file:
*4 written reponse questions requiring students to justify & support answers by providing sufficient details and evidence from the novel as well as their personal knowledge.
*2 text structure application & writing sections in which students complete organizers for particular text structures such as the problem and solution text structure and the compare and contrast text structure. Prompts involve events in the story plot or characters in novel.
*Additionally, students must compose a paragraph based on information included in their compare and contrast diagram.
Students must understand the compare and contrast diagram strategy and text structure as well as the problem and solution text structure. Students should be familiar with signal words to incorporate into the comparing and contrasting paragraph based on diagram details they provide.
The test provides the problem and solution chart. This test format promotes writing while applying particular text structures as well as supporting written responses by supporting details from a literature selection. It assesses student comprehension in reading.
Students improve as readers and writers when forced to analyze and study the structure in which a written selection has been composed.
Applying text structure skills and activities to lessons and assessments helps put these very important concepts to memory and helps them to better recognize styles of writing in order to become higher level readers and writers!
When 5 or 6 titles are being read in a round of literature circles, it becomes necessary for assessments (if given) to be short, but in-depth, and involve critical thinking. That is accomplished with the application of text structure knowledge to discuss elements in a novel or other text and justification of written responses using textual support and evidence. Also promoting their critical thinking skills are the prompts for making connections in literature. (Text to Text; Text to Self; Text to World)
So many students today cannot or do not use text-based evidence to support literature responses, which keeps us from really assessing their levels of comprehension. However, it is imperative that they learn this concept of textual support.
A. Smith @ Innovative Connections