"The Three Little Pigs" is a fabulously simplistic text that almost 100% of students are familiar with, and, because it is so simplistic, it makes for a wonderful text to use for a basic and quick assessment on some literature analysis skills. This small activity is especially helpful at the start of the school year to get students back into the groove of critical thinking.
There are no reminders or definitions for them with this mini formative assessment (such as the definition for exposition, rising action, etc) since it is designed to see what they can remember and apply.
This assessment covers the following Common Core State Standards:
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
The answer key for “The Three Little Pigs” Mini Formative Assessment is included!
Keywords: The Three Little Pigs, formative assessment, beginning of the year, literary skills, analysis, plot diagram, literary devices.