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ELA 2012 G8:M3A:U2:L10

Mid-Unit Assessment: Classifying and Evaluating Primary Sources

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Long Term Learning Targets

  • I can evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums to present an idea. (RI.8.7)

Supporting Targets

  • I can identify different types of mediums used in a Gallery Walk.
  • I can evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums to present information on World War II.

Ongoing Assessment

  • Gathering Textual Evidence note-catcher (from homework)
  • Mid-Unit 2 Assessment

Agenda

AgendaTeaching Notes

1. Opening

A. Reviewing Learning Targets (4 minutes)

2. Work Time

A. Mid-Unit Assessment: Gallery Walk (40 minutes)

2. Closing and Assessment

A. Preview Homework (1 minute)

4. Homework

A. Read the summary of pages 200-203, 203-210 from the book, and the summary of pages 212-229. Answer the focus question: "The men imprisoned at Ofuna participate in small acts of rebellion and subversion. In what way do they rebel, and what is the effect of these acts on the prisoners?"

  • In this lesson, students revisit previously viewed mediums from the Gallery Walks (in Unit 1, Lesson 1) and primary sources (from Unit 2, Lesson 6). Since these lessons, students have built background knowledge by reading Unbroken, "The Life of Mine Okubo," and various primary sources. Students now classify different mediums and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums to present information on the Pacific Theater in World War II and the internment of Japanese-Americans on the home front.
  • Since this is an assessment, students will silently circulate through the Gallery Walk while completing a graphic organizer, which will be collected at the end of the class.
  • Consider posting the directions in Work Time A to guide students through this work.
  • In advance: Number and display materials for the Gallery Walk (from Unit 1, Lesson 1 and Unit 2, Lesson 6).
  • Post: Learning targets.

Vocabulary

Do not preview vocabulary.

Materials

  • Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Classifying and Evaluating Primary Sources (one per student)
  • Gallery Walk Materials (from Unit 1, Lesson 1 and Unit 2, Lesson 6)
  • Unbroken structured notes, pages 200-229 (one per student)
  • Unbroken supported structured notes, pages 200-229 (optional; only for students who need more support)
  • Unbroken Structured Notes Teacher Guide, pages 200-229 (for teacher reference)
  • NYS Short Response (2-Point) Holistic Rubric (for teacher reference)

Opening

Opening

A. Reviewing Learning Targets (4 minutes)

  • Tell students that today they will be looking at various mediums used to present information on World War II for the Mid-Unit 2 Assessment. Share with them that they will do two things in the assessment, which are reflected in the two learning targets.
  • Read aloud the first target:

* "I can identify different types of mediums used in a Gallery Walk." 

  • Ask:

* "What are some types of mediums we have talked about?" 

  • Cold call students and listen for them to mention artwork, photographs, political cartoons, etc.
  • Read aloud the second target:

* "I can evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums to present information on World War II."  Share with students that for the past few lessons, they have been thinking about what they can and cannot learn from different mediums. Now is their chance to show what they know.

Work Time

Work TimeMeeting Students' Needs

A. Mid-Unit Assessment: Gallery Walk (40 minutes)

  • Distribute the Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Classifying and Evaluating Primary Sources.
  • Direct students' attention to the numbered Gallery Walk Materials displayed around the room. Give directions:

1. You will have 10 minutes to do a silent Gallery Walk:  independently circulate the room to view the various mediums used to convey information on World War II.

2. Then you will return to your seats.

3. Use the organizer in Part A of the Mid-Unit 2 Assessment to select and identify the types of three different mediums from the Gallery Walk.

4. Respond to the short answer question in Part B.

  • Address any clarifying questions, and invite students to begin the Gallery Walk. Circulate to monitor and encourage silent focus.
  • After 10 minutes, signal the transition to the written assessment.
  • With a few minutes remaining in class, refocus students whole group. Congratulate students on closely examining mediums used in the Gallery Walk for this assessment.
  • Collect students' assessments.
  • If students receive accommodations for the assessment, 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. Preview Homework (1 minute)

  • Distribute theUnbroken structured notes, pages 200-229, as well as the Unbroken supported structured notes, pages 200-229 if needed, keeping a copy of the Unbroken Structured Notes Teacher Guide, pages 200-229 (for teacher reference).
  • Read the focus question aloud:

* "The men imprisoned at Ofuna participate in small acts of rebellion and subversion. In what ways do they rebel, and what is the effect of these acts on the prisoners?"

Homework

Homework
  • Read the summary of pages 200-203, 203-210 from the book, and the summary of pages 212-229. Answer the focus question:  "The men imprisoned at Ofuna participate in small acts of rebellion and subversion. In what ways do they rebel, and what is the effect of these acts on the prisoners?"

Teaching Note: Student answers to the Mid-Unit 2 Assessment will vary depending on the mediums they chose to focus on.  Please use the NYS 2-Point Rubric to score this assessment.  Be prepared to return the Mid-Unit 2 Assessment by Lesson 12.

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