Assessing Students’ Knowledge
This chapter discusses one of the greatest challenges associated with grammar instruction: the issue of assessment. It addresses ways to assess students’ knowledge of the grammatical concepts described in this chapter and addressed in the Common Core Language Standards. The chapter describes two types of summative assessments to use when evaluating students’ understandings of grammatical concepts. After discussing these assessment methods and ways to put them into practice as summative assessments, it also addresses ways to also use them as formative assessments (in-process assessments that can be used to informally monitor students’ progress). This assignment sheet notifies students that they will need to identify and analyze an author’s use of intensive pronouns in a piece of writing. While this particular example focuses on intensive pronouns, this assignment can be adapted to focus on the other grammatical concepts described in this chapter.