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History/Social Studies

Argument Writing

Using Writing as Assessment

While student writing can be used as a form of summative assessment (end product) to gauge whether students accomplished a specific objective, consider writing as a formative (ongoing) assessment of how well students are developing skills over time.

While each step of writing in this unit has been laid out in a progression toward writing prose, a teacher might want to only focus on only one aspect of writing within a single investigation. Therefore, student performance in annotating, graphic organization/conceptual mapping, and the writing of prose can be seen as developing over time, reinforcing the notion that writing is a long-term process.

Video and Reflection: Revisit Using Student Data to Plan Instruction as an example using writing as assessment. You may want to take notes on the questions below.

  • Before you watch: Think about the kinds of data you collect on your students. What do you learn about your students’ understandings and skills from the data you collect?
  • Watch the video: As you watch, notice how Ms. Westenberg uses data to get a sense of students’ learning. What is the role of students’ writing in helping the teacher assess students?

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Using Student Data to Plan Instruction

Amanda Westenberg discusses her technique of using student performance data to drive instruction.

Teacher: Amanda Westenberg

School: Rangeview High School, Aurora, Colorado

Grade: 12

Discipline: History (World History)

Lesson Topic: Document-based question on China’s one-child policy

Lesson Month: May

Number of Students: 30

  • Reflect: How might the ideas about assessing students from this video be incorporated into your own teaching?

Continue to Unit 8 – Bringing It All Together