The Assessment Of An Assessment

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Introduction The assessment process is one that an educator often contemplates while planning a curriculum, implementing instruction, and after the assessment. Creating an assessment that helps students continue their learning should be the main goal. One way to help foster an assessment environment of continuous learning is to provide students with authentic assessments that they play an active role in. Performance assessments that give students authentic tasks to complete help teachers assess what students know and are thinking (Laureate Education, Inc., 2010). It is important that students are able to demonstrate their learning in a way that suits them. In order to do this, assessments should be aligned with the standards and should be…show more content…
Students are expected to write an argumentative essay (e.g., evaluative essays, proposals) to the appropriate audience that includes: a clear thesis or position based on logical reasons with various forms of support (e.g., hard evidence, reason, common sense, and cultural assumptions) (Texas Education Agency, 2010). This standard suggests that students should be able to write argumentatively by using persuasive techniques. Therefore this performance assessment will help students understand how rhetorical appeals are used to persuade voters in elections. As a result of the knowledge gained, students will be able to convince an audience of voters by their use of persuasive techniques by the end of the unit. Understandings and Essential Questions A unit on persuasive writing is meant to teach students that they can write persuasively to serve a purpose. As a result of this assessment, students should understand that the art of writing persuasively is used in several aspects of life, including politics. Assessments should be ongoing learning opportunities for students (McTighe and O’Connor, 2005). Throughout the course of the unit, students will be answering the essential question: How does the use of persuasive techniques make
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