Formal Assessment Ideas
Have students publish their research online in the Writing
Workshop: Research Paper project and post them on your class homepage
or publish them in a printed booklet. Encourage students to read
one another's submissions.
Students can also present their learning to their peers with
a PowerPoint presentation, a poster board, or an oral report for
Informal Assessment Ideas
Assess students as they are involved with class discussions and
from their filled out KWL chart. Base your assessment on student
participation and discussion. Has the student made connections
through the activity and discussions? Has the student filled out
thoughtful questions and searched for an answer to those questions?
Use the writing rubric as a way to assess your students' writing
skills. This rubric can also serve as a model for a modified version
that might include your state's writing standards.
Ocean Life Writing Rubric