Formal Assessment Ideas

Newspaper Report
Have students go through the Be a Reporter activity from The Trail Today. Once they have researched and written their newspaper articles, print out the results for formal assessment.

Visit Writing with Writers for a news writing workshop where students can publish these reports online.

Project Assessment Ideas:
Specimen Box of the Lewis & Clark Expedition
Have students add to their specimen box by collecting more objects. Using their completed timeline graphic organizer (PDF), have students research and find more discoveries made by Lewis and Clark. As they find images, they should print out the images and write descriptions, just as they did for the six objects provided in the online activity. Students will collect these objects in their box for a complete overview of the Lewis & Clark discoveries.

When students complete their boxes, you can publish your students’ work posting them onto your Class Homepage.

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Writing Rubric

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.

Open Writing Rubic

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Check back to see if your students’ journals were published in the Our America: Westward Expansion area and post the links for parents to read Go Now.
Some of the resources on this page are in PDF format. To download them, you will need Adobe Adobe Acrobat Reader Software.