Mastery Tiered Formative Assessment: Literary Devices

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Are you teaching your students literary devices? Are you unsure about how to assess their understanding of literary devices? This tiered assessment will inform you about your students progress in reaching proficiency in the learning standards.

Use this tiered formative assessment to see how much your students know. The assessment can be given in the middle of a unit or at the end. I used this assessment mid-unit. The assessment not only allowed me to see if my students were grasping literary devices, but it showed me if they could identify and analyze the literary devices as well.

This assessment is grounded on mastery grading. It should be used to asses how close students are to achieving proficiency on a standard. Part 1 is Beginning, Part 2 is Approaching Proficiency, Part 3 is Proficient, and Part 4 is Mastery.

If students get all of the questions in part I and part 2 correct, but make mistakes on part 3, then the student is at the level Approaching Proficiency. This assessment also allows students to see what they need to work on in order to get to the next level.

For Part 2 though Part 4 of the assessment, I assigned my students Richard Wright's "Hunger", an excerpt from his novel Black Boy. The task was to identify and analyze the literary devices used in the text. You may find that text online, or you could easily replace the short story with one of your liking.

Best of luck,

If you have any questions please reach out.

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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.
Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).


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