In the beginning, I gave very grammar-focused tests. As my teaching style changed, I found that my tests didn’t match what we were doing in class.
Then I started giving reading assessments that had several readings about what we had covered in the unit. I really struggled to grade these.
Finally, I took another leap and tried Integrated Performance Assessment (IPA). All of the skills and modes were previously separated, and now they were building on each other.
Great things are being revealed!
I begin by finding an authentic resource that I can weave through multiple modes and skills.
For an interpretive activity, I like to ask them about the main idea, the purpose, and specific details.
This rubric works best for me right now, but I’m looking for other options.
Interpersonal activities work best when they are using the information from the interpretive part. I try to recreate the situation as much as possible with props.
I use our JCPS performance rubric to measure this.
Then make it a writing assessment!
Another idea: watch a department store commercial, look at a sale flyer, and then they have a text conversation about the sale.
These two sites have some excellent IPAs!
This was all new for me to try this trimester. Now I’m ready to improve.
Here is a place to share rubrics: http://creativelanguageclass.wikispaces.com/Rubrics