This scale was developed using the Marzano scale of student ability based on the standards and their access points (FSA and CCSS) with tasks that evidence the mastery of each level of the standard. This scale was developed for a 7th grade classroom, and aligned with FSA (CCSS) Central Idea and Theme standard (7.RI.1.1). Entry level is the previous year's content (6th grade) with small mastery of each access point until Level 4, which is the next year's content (8th grade).
To utilize this scale, I coupled it with Greek myths, but any literary text will work. Students initially view an anchor chart for theme and figurative language, then attempt to complete the Evidence tasks, starting at Entry level. Once they complete or can move up no further, they return to the reflection, complete and rate themselves on the level of understanding. The idea is to have each student achieve at Level 3, but have activities for up to Level 4 (8th grade level), especially for the higher learners, scaffolding for all abilities.
I have students submit their scales when they can no longer move up, or at the close of a particular lesson. This allows me to give specific feedback per individual student. I write notes/questions to each student, directing them to correct their error in thinking. I use this to creat remediation activities per level to allow students to correct their own thinking. This has been the best and most helpful tool I've used in my classroom. It also is a tool to organize groups for cooperative learning.
My administrators love this tool and have shared it at their own meetings.
These scales take about 2 hours to create, so it is time-consuming, but once created they are reusable and allow the freedom of different text use.