Grammar instruction is changing dramatically in the age of Common Core. Instead of skills-based, multiple-choice questions, students must correct errors in context. This requires students to have an exceptional and rigorous understanding of all grammar skills.
Use this 55-question Formative Skills-Based Assessment in grades 6-8 to determine which grammar skills need to be remediated and which students already know. Giving this assessment at the beginning of the year will maximize learning time. It’s critically important in the age of Common Core to have an immediate and complete understanding of your students’ grammar knowledge.
The “Student Answer Key & Analysis” requires students to do the heavy lifting with grading and analysis. This easy-to-use document allows students to correct their answers & tally their mastery by standard.
• 55-Question Skills Assessment for Students as PDF & Word Files
• Skills Assessment Answer Key as PDF & Word Files
• Teacher Answer Key of Assessment & Teaching Notes in Microsoft Comments
HOW DOES IT WORK:
This skills assessment can be used in the classroom for multiple purposes. First, it can be used as a formative assessment at the beginning of the school year or grammar unit to quickly assess what skills students have mastered in previous years and what skills need remediation and re-teaching.
The 55-question assessment is sorted into grammar skills; each skill is clearly labeled throughout the assessment. The skills within the assessment are scaffolded by skill, so it is clear for you where the breakdown in understanding is within each skill. For example, the section on nouns requires students to identify nouns in sentences, name the type of noun, and determine if it is common or proper. Subsequent sections require students to find the subject of a sentence and correct subject-verb agreement. This breakdown of skills allows you to see if the student has a fundamental misunderstanding of parts of speech, or if they have a more nuanced misunderstanding.
The “Grammar Skills Assessment” could also be used as a summative assessment for grammar instruction. It includes multiple-choice, open response, and select text questions. This would be an excellent assessment to use after a review of grammar at the beginning of the year before transitioning to more open-ended grammatical questions that students will see on Common Core.
The bundle also includes the “Student Answer Key and Analysis” 4-page document. This is formatted as a table including: question number, skill, standard/ question skill, correct answer, and a box for students to check if they got the answer wrong. The table is sorted by skill, and students tally the number of questions they got wrong for each skill. At the end of the document, students tally the total number incorrect and reflect on their performance.
The answer key/analysis not only empowers students to take charge of their learning and progress, but it also makes grading a breeze.
(Note: These standards are listed as 7th grade standards; however, the CCSS Language Standards are the same from grade 6-8, but the questions increase in complexity and rigor. This Skills Assessment is appropriate for grades 6-8.)
Common Core State Standards:
• L.7.1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
• L.7.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
• L.7.3: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Grammar Skills Included (~3-6 Qs Per Skill):
• Subject-Verb Agreement
• Sentence Combining
• Subordinating Conjunctions
• Pronouns + Pronoun/Antecedent Agreement
Check out these Related Grammar Lessons & Assessments:
Comma Rules Anchor Chart
Comma Rules Review
Appositives and Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement Lesson
Coordinating and Subordinating Comma Review
Quotation Marks and Prepositional Phrases Review
(Written by Middle School Writer, Mara Truslow. Copyright August 2015)