Formal Assessment Ideas
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
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.
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.