I give this pretest to my middle school students the first week of school to assess their prior-knowledge of ELA terms, parts of speech, and punctuation marks.
In addition to the short answer questions, the final section of this pre-test contains a student interest survey, and writing assignment where chlidren write a letter to themselves outling their feelings at the beginning of the year, and goals they have for themselves this year.
I file away these pretests, only to give the same assessment to students the last week of the year. Then I pass back the pretests and letters students wrote 10 months ago, and they are always amazed at how much they have learned and grown throughout the school year!
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