Tools for Use in the Formative Assessment Process – English Language Arts

Formative Assessments for Grades K-5

 GradeTitle
NEW1Sending Feelings Your Way: Greeting Card Project
NEW2Comparing Characters’ Responses to Events
NEW3“What Was Project Mercury?” and “Who was Alan Shepard?”
NEW3MRS. MACK by Patricia Polacco
3Literacy - Investigating Sharks
3CACTUS JAM by Ruth J. Luhrs
NEW4WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech
4Paired excerpts from “Yang the Eldest and His Odd Jobs” and “Out of the Dust”
4Basic Archaeology - "What’s a Dig?" and "What’s a Midden?" by David White
NEW5Bubblology
5“Looking for Lunar Ice” by Mary Kay Carson
5"Who was Marco Polo?" by Joan Holub and "The Adventure of Marco Polo" by Russell Freedman
5THE SUMMER OF THE SWANS by Betsy Byars

Formative Assessments for Grades 6-8

 GradeTitle
NEW6Writing My Own Myth
NEW6“The History of Earth Day” by Amanda Davis, “Earth Day” by Claudia Atticot and Alexandra Manning, and a video from NBC News
NEW6Excerpts from COUNTING ON GRACE by Elizabeth Winthrop and IQBAL by Francesco D’Adamo
6Literary Nonfiction—“The Making of a Scientist” by Richard Feynman
NEW7"From The Wave" by Thom Gunn
NEW7“High Schools Starting Later to Help Sleepy Teens,” by Michelle Trudeau and “High schools will keep starting too early. Here’s why.” by Dan Weissmann
7Nature by Design by Bruce Brooks
7The Omnivore’s Dilemma – The Secrets Behind What You Eat by Michael Pollan
NEW8'1984' by George Orwell
NEW8“In our digital world, are young people losing their ability to read emotions?” by Stuart Wolpert and “Study: Kids can learn as much from ‘Sesame Street’ as from preschool” by Jim Tankersley
8THE OPEN BOAT by Stephen Crane

Formative Assessments for Grades 9-12

 GradeTitle
9Mini-assessment for The Manhattan Project Text Set
9“Departure” by Sherwood Anderson
NEW9-10Speeches - Argument and Methods
9-10Literacy - The Power of New Media
NEW9-12Watchdog Reporter
NEW10"Nowhere to Go"
NEW11"Luck" by Mark Twain
11Inaugural Address, 1801 by Thomas Jefferson
11"Is it a Crime for a Citizen of the United States to Vote?" by Susan B. Anthony
NEW12Evaluating Gender Equality in Today’s Society: A Critical View