John Hamm's Teaching Portfolio

Romeo and Juliet Multiple Assessments

The following is an example of multiple forms of assessment that I designed for my Romeo and Juliet unit. Each of the summative assessments also had detailed rubrics and student checklists, which can be found in this pdf document:

Formative-Summative Assessments

The Formative Assessments

Who, What, Where, When: The introductory activity is a pre-assessment for readiness. Students work in groups to fill out the graphic organizer on Shakespeare. This shows the teacher gaps in their knowledge or instances of misinformation.

Familiarity Checklist: Students complete a checklist on vocabulary associated with the unit that asks if the students know and can use, know but can’t use, or don’t recognize the words. This will guide future minilessons.

Exit card: “Write 3 things you just learned about Shakespeare, and one question you still have.” This assessment concludes the introduction activities to make sure that everyone learned new information about Shakespeare.

Frayer Diagram: Create Frayer diagrams for the following: Tragedy, Sonnet, and Soliloquy. This assessment follows the introduction to the play where key literature vocabulary will be presented.

Conflict and Character Chart: Create a chart listing three main characters, one conflict or problem for each, and how they deal with it. This assessment will be given no sooner than the end of Act 2. It will check to see if students are familiar with the characters and their problems, or if they are lost. Also, it sets up possible points for their first summative assessment.

Venn Diagram: Students complete a Venn diagram on one issue. The diagram will compare their position on the issue to a character’s from the play. This will prepare them for the second summative assessment that asks for their view on an issue.

The Summative Assessments

Short Assignment #1 (25 Points)
For this assignment you will compare and contrast viewpoints on 1 issue or theme from the play. Pick an issue you are interested in. Who are the characters involved? What evidence from the text supports your point? What evidence contradicts your point? Details details details!

Answer may be: 1 page essay, PowerPoint, or a graphic organizer of your design.
Clear your decision with me before beginning this project*

* I consider the graphic organizer a tiered option. It will allow a student who perhaps can’t write very well to still produce a meaningful list of ideas that show they understand the issues. They must clear this with me beforehand, giving me the option to suggest a higher or lower level assignment.

Short Assignment #2 (25 Points)
Pick one theme from the text and explain how your life relates to it. Possible issues are: Loyalty, fate, and innocence. Remember to discuss the characters involved, their problems, how they deal with it, and how you deal with it.

Answer may be: 1 page essay, collage, or sonnet. *

* The collage option allows for visual and artistic learners. The sonnet allows for more creative writing and application of lesson #2.

Final Project: The Prince’s Verdict (50 points)
The Prince is holding trials for the main characters. Pick one character: What is their crime? Are they guilty? Innocent? You decide. Remember the major themes when building your case. And use as much evidence from the text to support each side as possible. Use your vocabulary words whenever possible.

Pick a theme from the play. Write critical essay quoting evidence from the text to support your stance on the issue. (3-4 pages)

Write a concluding scene to the play in script format. Suggestion: A court scene where prosecution and defense try to convince the judge that “X” is guilty or innocent of a crime. (3-4 pages)

Film the court scene with 2-3 main actors (jury and judge are “extras” and receive no grade). Same as option 2 – but act out the scene and film it, or perform it for the class. (10 minutes +/-)

Investigative Reporter: You are a reporter covering a scandal in Verona! Give in depth coverage to your audience of all the juicy details and events. Be non-biased and report on both sides of the scandal. But also report what the court’s final decision was and why. Photos and illustrations are encouraged. (3-4 pages)

Renegade: Have another idea? Let me know after class and we can work it out.


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