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					                            Overview: Reading Unit Assessments

Continuous Assessments

      Book Reports/Book Summaries
          o Track number of books read
          o Assess comprehension strategies
      Reader’s Response Log
          o Students respond to independent reading books
      Graphic Organizers
      Spelling Tests
          o Weekly themes or spelling patterns
      Vocabulary Tests
          o Weekly themes or patterns in definition
      Daily Grammar Checks

Unit 1: “Book Race Challenge” – Investing Students in Reader’s Workshop

Skills To Focus on For Assessment:
 Classroom routines and procedures
 Reader’s workshop routines and procedures
 Retelling
 Phonics

Assessment Tools:
    Running Records
    Reading Comprehension Diagnostic
    Rules Quiz
    Book Reports
    Reader’s Response Log

Unit 2: “Post-It Challenge” – Making Connections and Building Schema

Skills To Focus on For Assessment:
     Making Connections
           o Text-to-Self
           o Text-to-World
           o Text-to-Text
           o Text-to-Media
     Using Schema
     Explaining story elements:
           o Characters
           o Setting
           o Plot
           o Resolution
          o Theme

Assessment Tools:
    Informal “post-it test” to track students’ abilities to make connections
    Formal assessment of connections and schema through a written exam (scaffolded texts)

Unit 3: Characters/Story Development

Skills To Focus on For Assessment:
     Character Development
     Explaining story elements:
           o Characters
           o Setting
           o Plot
           o Resolution
           o Theme

Assessment Tools:
    Formal Quiz
    Character Collage Project with a character from independent reading book.

Unit 4: Non-Fiction Reading

Skills To Focus on For Assessment:
     Asking Questions
     Finding Main Idea
     Summarizing
     Identifying Author’s Purpose
     Differentiating between Fact and Opinion

Assessment Tools:
    Scavenger hunt of non-fiction texts’ parts
    Formal quiz
    Formal Written Assessment With Scaffolded Texts

Unit 5: Reading of Short Texts/ Author Study

Skills To Focus on For Assessment:
     Explaining story elements
           o Characters
           o Setting
           o Plot
           o Resolution
           o Theme
     Finding Main Idea
    Summarizing
    Identifying Author’s Purpose
    Differentiating between Fact and Opinion
    Determining Importance (looking at facts and details)
    Using Context Clues
    Making Inferences
    Using Sensory Details and Figurative Language:
Assessment Tools:
    Project – comparing two texts by same author
    See ELA Test-Prep Section for more details

Unit 6: Reading With Close Comprehension

Skills To Focus on For Assessment:
     Finding Main Idea
     Summarizing
     Identifying Author’s Purpose
     Differentiating between Fact and Opinion
     Recalling Facts and Details
     Determining Importance

Assessment Tools:
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Unit 7: Making Inferences

Skills to Focus on For Assessment:
     Making Inferences:
            o Inferring new words with context clues
            o Inferring setting through facts and details
            o Inferring character traits
            o Making predictions
            o Answering questions posed earlier
            o Inferring theme

Assessment Tools:
    Group presentation on inferences from stories
    Formal assessment

Unit 8: Book Clubs on Social Issues

Skills to Focus on For Assessment:
     Drawing Conclusions / Making Assertions about the Text:
            o Differentiating between fact and opinion
            o Ruling out exaggerations
           o Dismissing stereotypes as false evidence

Assessment Tools:
    Group member assessment (students grade each other)

Unit 9: Sensory Details and Poetry Interpretation

Skills to Focus on For Assessment:
     Using Sensory Details and Figurative Language:
            o Five Senses
            o Metaphors
            o Similes
            o Personification
            o Hyperboles
            o Repetition
            o Alliteration
     Making Inferences

Unit 10: Reading Projects

				
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