Mid-Unit Assessment: Analyzing an Informational Text about a Refugee Experience

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Refugee & Immigrant Transitions is an organization that helps newcomers adjust to life in the United States through education and community leadership opportunities. As part of a mid-unit assessment, pupils independently read a speech to learn about the organization. Scholars also answer text-dependent questions and respond to three constructed-response questions based on the reading.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Prior to the assessment, ask students to jog their memories by brainstorming reasons refugees leave their homes
  • As a comprehension strategy, allow individuals to annotate the speech
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson seven of 20 from the Grade 8 ELA Module 1, Unit 2 series
  • Builds on previous lessons from the unit
Pros

  • Includes ideas for meeting learners' needs
  • Targets a variety of Common Core ELA standards
Cons

  • None