Faculty Advisor

Leah Nillas

Graduation Year

2018

Location

Foyer, State Farm Hall

Start Date

21-4-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

21-4-2018 10:00 AM

Description

This study investigates assessments that offer student choice in a secondary English classroom. After reading a short story or novel, assessments traditionally ask students to find themes or answer a question with evidence from the text. While this system promotes close reading and writing skills, unique interpretations are not represented. In response to this, I compared the traditional process to a student choice assessment. I administered a single question literary analysis based on The Necklace written by Guy de Maupassant to gauge student understanding and writing skills without student choice present. After the following unit, I created a new assessment that allowed for students to choose an open-ended question with multiple correct interpretations possibilities. The second assessment was based on George Orwell’s Animal Farm. This study looks closely at student work samples, field notes, and a review of current research. Students need practice interpreting texts individually. Without this practice, students will depend on teachers to determine the meaning and significance of literary works.

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Student Choice is Lit!

Foyer, State Farm Hall

This study investigates assessments that offer student choice in a secondary English classroom. After reading a short story or novel, assessments traditionally ask students to find themes or answer a question with evidence from the text. While this system promotes close reading and writing skills, unique interpretations are not represented. In response to this, I compared the traditional process to a student choice assessment. I administered a single question literary analysis based on The Necklace written by Guy de Maupassant to gauge student understanding and writing skills without student choice present. After the following unit, I created a new assessment that allowed for students to choose an open-ended question with multiple correct interpretations possibilities. The second assessment was based on George Orwell’s Animal Farm. This study looks closely at student work samples, field notes, and a review of current research. Students need practice interpreting texts individually. Without this practice, students will depend on teachers to determine the meaning and significance of literary works.