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Collections of Performance Tasks & Rubrics
Foreign Languages

ISBN 9781930556065
Published October 10, 2000 by Routledge
152 Pages

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Book Description

This book features 68 performance tasks and rubrics, all designed to motivate and engage your students. Also included are samples of student work to help you apply the rubrics and develop your grading and scoring skills. The performance assessments in this book were contributed by teachers like you from all over the country and they include:
- open-ended and extended response exercises
- projects and portfolios
- behavioral assessments (skits, debates, discussions, etc.)
- authentic assessments
- and student self-assessments, in addition to those administered by teachers.

Table of Contents

1. Why Use Performance Assessments?
What is an Assessment - Incorporating Brain Research into assessment - What is an Authentic Assessment
2. Choosing and Writing a Performance Assessment and its Rubric
Types of rubrics: Holistic - Analytical - Checklist - Rating scale - What makes a good rubric?
3. Oral Assessments
Holistic Scoring - Analytical rubrics - Teaching students to be better oral performers - Converting Points to Letter Grades - Interviews - Grading group behavior in class - Appealing to multiple learning styles - Telling stories (TPRS) - Conversations - Telling stories (videotaped) - Oral exam, short answer - Oral exams, in pairs or alone - Oral presentation rubric - Phone message
4. Written Assessments
Brainstorming - Rough drafts - Using feedback - Holistic rubric - Point-based rubric - Journal writing - Name poems - Personalized essay
5. Reading Assessments
Self-assessment - Teacher assessment - Organizing information that is read - Scaffolding - Storyboard - Time line - Creative activities to show understanding of what is read
6. Listening Proficiency Assessments
Constructing a listening activity - Using tapes - Using manipulatives - Using paired activities - Faces - Maps - Grading 7. Strategies for Keeping Assessments Manageable
Make sure they know what you want - Assess using a ""cloze"" or random method - Make editing a part of any performance - Hold students responsible for improvement - Give students choices - Keep records of assessments - Self-taping to increase fluency
8. Alternative Forms of Assessment
K-W-L-U Sheets - Performance portfolios - Projects - Giving choices - Incorporating technology - Individual responsibility - Team responsibility - Self-assessment - Using mentoring in the classroom - Sample alternative assessmentsBibliography

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Deborah Blaz, a French teacher at Angola High School in Angola, Indiana, is a native of St. Charles, Illinois. She received her B.A. in French and German from Illinois State University, a diplome from the Université de Grenoble in Grenoble, France, and, in 1974, an M.A. in French from the University of Kentucky. Ms. Blaz has taught French and English to grades 7 through 12 for the past 20 years in Indiana. Ms. Blaz is the author of two best selling reference books, The Foreign Language Teacher’s Guide to Active Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages in the Block. She has frequently presented on successful teaching strategies at national conferences, universities, and high schools. A recipient of the Project E Excellence in Education award for the year 2000, she was also named Indiana’s French Teacher of the Year by the Indiana chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (IAATF) in 1998, and was named to the All-USA Teacher team, Honorable Mention, by USA Today in 1996. She may be contacted at Angola High School, 755 100 E, Angola, IN 46703.