Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Analyzing Narrative Structure and Author’s Craft: Part 1 | EL Education Curriculum

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ELA 2012 G8:M2B:U2:L9

Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Analyzing Narrative Structure and Author’s Craft: Part 1

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Long Term Learning Targets

  • I can determine a theme or the central ideas of a literary text. (RL.8.2)
  • I can analyze the development of a theme or central idea throughout the text (including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot). (RL.8.2)
  • I can objectively summarize literary text. (RL.8.2)
  • I can analyze how specific dialogue or incidents in a plot propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision. (RL.8.3)
  • I can determine the meaning of words and phrases in a literary text (figurative, connotative, and technical meanings). (RL.8.4)
  • I can analyze the impact of word choice on meaning and tone (analogies or allusions). (RL.8.4)
  • I can compare and contrast the structure of multiple texts. (RL.8.5)
  • I can analyze how different structures affect meaning and style of a text. (RL.8.5)
  • I can analyze the connections between modern fiction and myths, traditional stories, or religious works (themes, patterns of events, character types). (RL.8.9)
  • I can analyze figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings. (L.8.5a)

Supporting Targets

  • I can identify the narrative structure of the myth "The Harvest That Never Came."
  • I can use the plot structure to summarize the myth "The Harvest That Never Came."

Ongoing Assessment

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream structured notes, 5.1.380-455 (from homework)
  • Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Analyzing Narrative Structure and Author's Craft: Part 1

Agenda

AgendaTeaching Notes

1.  Opening

     A.  Reviewing Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

     A.  Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Analyzing Narrative Structure and Author's Craft: Part 1 (40 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

     A.  Debrief (3 minutes)

4.  Homework
     A.  None.

  • The Mid-Unit 2 Assessment has two parts, taking two lessons to complete. In Part 1, students read a new myth and plot the narrative structure on the same Narrative Structure note-catcher used in Lesson 6 of this unit. Students show what they know using a fresh text which lets attend to the skills being assessed, rather than exert effort to comprehend a passage from the play and then apply the skills being assessed. Since students practiced this skill with a text that is in the form of a narrative with a narrator (rather than the play, which is mostly dialogue), they will use this new myth on the assessment Just as they did in Lesson 6, students use their completed note-catcher to write a summary of the myth.
  • Assess student responses on the mid-unit assessment using the Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Analyzing Narrative Structure and Author's Craft: Part 1 (answers, for teacher reference) and the Grade 8 Two-Point Rubric--Short Response.
  • Post: Learning targets.

Vocabulary

None

Materials

  • Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Analyzing Narrative Structure and Author's Craft: Part 1 (one per student)
  • Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Analyzing Narrative Structure and Author's Craft: Part 1 (answers, for teacher reference)
  • Grade 8 Two-Point Rubric--Short Response (for teacher reference)

Opening

OpeningMeeting Students' Needs

A. Reviewing Learning Targets (2 minutes)

  • Read the learning targets aloud as students follow along silently:

*   "I can identify the narrative structure of the myth 'The Harvest That Never Came.'"

*   "I can use the plot structure to summarize the myth 'The Harvest That Never Came.'"

  • Tell students that they had similar learning targets in Lesson 6 when they analyzed the narrative structure of "Pyramus and Thisbe" and then wrote a summary of the story. Explain that students will be doing the same thing independently in this lesson for a new myth that they haven't seen before for the first part of their mid-unit assessment.
  • Learning targets are a research-based strategy that helps all students, especially challenged learners.
  • Posting learning targets allows students to reference them throughout the lesson to check their understanding. The learning targets also provide a reminder to students and teachers about the intended learning behind a given lesson or activity.

Work Time

Work TimeMeeting Students' Needs

A. Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Analyzing Narrative Structure and Author's Craft: Part 1 (40 minutes)

  • Distribute the Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Analyzing Narrative Structure and Author's Craft: Part 1 to each student.
  • Point out that they need to read the myth at the beginning of the assessment, then analyze the narrative structure using the note-catcher and then use their analysis of the narrative structure to write a summary. Share with them that the myth they are reading is related to the "Pyramus and Thisbe" myth they have been reading.  They will be reading this new myth instead of a passage from the play since this new myth is structured in a similar narrative format as "Pyramus and Thisbe" as opposed to the structure of the play, which contains mostly dialogue. 
  • Remind them that the note-catcher on the assessment handout is the same one they filled out in Lesson 6 for "Pyramus and Thisbe," so they are to fill it in the same way.
  • Remind the class that because this is an assessment, it is to be completed independently. However, if students need assistance, they should raise their hand to speak with you.
  • Circulate and support students as they work. During an assessment, your prompting should be minimal.
  • Collect the Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Part 1. 
  • For some students, this assessment may require more than the 40 minutes allotted. Consider providing students time over multiple days if necessary.
  • If students receive accommodations for assessments, communicate with the cooperating service providers regarding the practices of instruction in use during this study as well as the goals of the assessment. 

Closing & Assessments

Closing

A. Debrief (3 minutes)

  • Invite students to show a Fist to Five for each of the learning targets in how well they think they have achieved them in this part of the mid-unit assessment.

Homework

Homework
  • None.

 Note: This module launches Independent Reading using the stand alone document Launching Independent Reading in Grades 6-8: Sample Plan on EngageNY,org.  Be prepared to launch this in the next lesson. 

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