to Make a Paper Airplane by Damien
and Takashi (grade 6). This storyboard has all the key features we
look for in an information text: it is clear, economical, reader-friendly
can be held to the same standards as conventional (words-only) literacy.
When presenting information, a student's text should be:
other features we look for in specific kinds of text. For example, in
a storyboard or time line, we expect the steps to be arranged in a meaningful
sequence. In a map, we want the colors to be used consistently. In a scale
diagram the details should be drawn to scale, and so on.
Adam and Antonio's ant
it helps to have a checklist of features to look for when making your
assessment. Here is a student diagram by two children in Grade K/1, followed
by an assessment of their work:
Here is an
assessment of their diagram:
some features of this assessment:
- You would
not have noticed so many details if you didn't have this checklist in
front of you (right?).
- The comments
column (on the right) is as important as the checklist (on the left).
You need to fine-tune the checklist, otherwise you would miss some of
the unique details of this ant diagram.
- Did you
notice that a blank box was included in this checklist? This has been
used to add the comment Worked as partners; Antonio drew; Adam wrote.
This blank space was included because there are always unique features
of any student text that are worth commenting on. When using a checklist,
don't just stay "inside the square." It's always worth asking,
"What else is there?"
- Look at
the last box, called "Follow-up." This box helps you with
what to teach next. Assessment isn't much use if it does not feed back
into our teaching.
how do I make an assessment checklist?
need to. It has already been done for you in The
Information Toolkit. This series of teacher's books includes assessment
sheets for all the key visual texts:
with labels (picture glossaries)
- Flow charts
- Web diagrams
- Tree diagrams
- Word wheels
- Bar graphs
- Line graphs
- Venn diagrams
sheets in the Toolkit may be photocopied
for classroom use.
For a contents
list of The Information Toolkit click
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