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Writing an Argument: Is Electronic Communication Helpful or Harmful?

For Students 7th Standards
Technology has undoubtedly improved the lives of people around the world—but has it improved communication? Seventh graders read two informative passages about the rise of texting and emailing versus in-person conversations before...
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Divide Shapes

For Students 2nd Standards
Let's partition rectangles into equal parts. Assess learners on their ability to divide shapes into equal parts, and their ability to explain their thinking.
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Model Large Numbers

For Students 4th Standards
Get a grip on large numbers and have learners show what they know about place value to determine how long it will take Jon to drive 400–400,000 kilometers going 50 miles per hour.
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Writing About Literature: Exploring Themes About Conformity

For Students 7th Standards
Feeling the pressure to confirm is something any adolescent can relate to. Explore an essential theme with a response to literature assessment that prompts learners to identify main ideas with evidence and supporting details.
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Writing Informative Text: Did Shakespeare Write Shakespeare?

For Students 7th Standards
William Shakespeare penned some of the richest and most fascinating works of literature—or did he? Middle schoolers read three brief informative passages and conduct additional research to evaluate the claim that Shakespeare did not...
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Writing About Informational Text: Beyond the Beyond—Galaxies

For Students 8th Standards
Everyone has a different point of view, even when it comes to the enormity of the universe. Two separate text passages explain the scope of a galaxy, prompting young readers to write an essay about each author's argument and how the...
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Writing an Argument: Persuasive Speeches to Students

For Students 8th Standards
Powerful orators make their messages compelling with a combination of factors. Learn how to be an inspirational speaker with a reading assessment activity that presents a list of persuasive speaking techniques, as well as two speeches...
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Writing an Argument: The NIEHS

For Students 8th Standards
Should the work of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences be funded by the government? Middle schoolers weigh in on the status of federal funding for programs that protect the environment with three text passages and...
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Writing About Informational Text: The Dred Scott Decision

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Looking for a performance assessment that asks individuals to demonstrate their competency in writing about informational text? Use Frederick Douglass' essay "On the Dred Scott Decision," and an excerpt from Abraham Lincoln's 1857 speech...
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Writing About Literature: Nature in the Writings of John Muir and Emily Dickinson

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
As an assessment of their skill in crafting a compare and contrast essay, class members read and compare the portrayals of nature in excerpts from naturalist John Muir's My First Summer in the Sierra and from poet Emily Dickinson's "The...
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Writing an Argument: Free Speech

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
How do you assess whether pupils have mastered certain concepts and skills? Designing a performance task that asks learners to demonstrate their skills and providing writers with a rubric that identifies these skills and provides...
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Writing About Informational Text: Political Parties

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
To demonstrate their ability to craft an analysis of informational text, class members read excerpts from James Madison's "The Federalist No. 10," from George Washington's Farewell Address, and from Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural...
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Solve Challenging Problems Using Addition and Subtraction

For Students 2nd Standards
One performance task split into three parts challenges young mathematicians to show what they know about solving problems using addition and subtraction. 
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Fractions, Decimals, and Money

For Students 5th Standards
An assessment delivers a comprehensive look into scholars' knowledge of fractions, decimals, and money with the help of one performance task separated into four parts. 
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Extended Performance Task Working with Money

For Students 2nd Standards
Take a thorough look into your scholars' proficiency in working with money with an assessment that challenges young mathematicians to add, subtract, count, and compare.
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Writing an Opinion: Is Pride Good or Bad?

For Teachers 2nd Standards
Does pride really goeth before the fall, or can it be essential to one's development? Second graders read two of Aesop's fables that refer to pride in their morals, and write a short essay about whether pride is good or bad, based on...
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Writing an Opinion Requiring Voting

For Students 5th Standards
Challenge writers to compose an essay detailing their stance on, and the history of, voting. Three assignments, each broken down into three parts, requires fifth graders to take notes, read and complete charts, write paragraphs, compare...
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Solve Problems Using Measurement Concepts

For Students 2nd Standards
Young mathematicians demonstrate what they know about measurement with a four-task assessment that focuses on estimation, length, and inches.
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Extended Performance Task: Recording Data

For Students 3rd Standards
Challenge mathematicians to show what they know with five tasks all about data. Scholars collect and record data before creating tally charts, picture graphs, and bar graphs to analyze the information they discovered in written form.
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Classify Two-Dimensional Shapes

For Students 4th Standards
Four problems make up an assessment created to test learners' knowledge of two-dimensional shapes. Mathematicians observe shapes, list their attributes, and use a Venn diagram to classify them. A brief reflection piece closes the exam. 
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Extended Performance Task: Tile Floors

For Students 4th Standards
Mathematicians help tile a bathroom and create a layout using graph paper and their knowledge of area in an assessment designed with several performance tasks that build upon one another. 
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Use Models to Compare Fractions

For Students 4th Standards
One task, broken into four parts, challenges mathematicians to show what they know about fractions. Using a number line and models, scholars compare fractions and prove proficiency through written responses. 
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Construct Viable Arguments About Adding Fractions

For Students 5th Standards
Test mathematicians' knowledge of adding fractions with a brief assessment that challenges them to play teacher while correcting a peer's work. Scholars examine Carl's mathematical response, identify where he went wrong, then solve the...
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Extended Performance Task: Painting a Wall Mural

For Students 5th Standards
Boost math skills and healthy eating choices with a four-part assessment that tackles concepts such as graphing, fractions, and measurement. Scholars work independently and together to design a mural showcasing the current MyPlate food...

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