For use with novel study using Karen Hesse's Out of the Dust, about a young girl named Billie Jo Kelby surviving in Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl.
This Constructed Response assessment can be used as a quiz to measure student understanding of character motivation and plot. This assessment asks students to analyze two excerpts from the climax of the novel.
Assessment measures student understanding of Common Core Standard: R.L.7.3: Analyze how particular elements of a story interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
This assessment outlines step-by-step student instructions for maximum success. There is a planning portion, a page for writing the response, a section for self, peer, and teacher assessment (with corresponding 3 pt rubric), and a section for self-reflection and feedback.