This engaging book will show you how to move beyond tests and essay writing to implement authentic assessments in your middle or high school social studies classroom. Award-winning teacher David Sherrin explains the value of authentic assessments and offers practical ways to get started and dive deeper in your own practice.  You’ll be encouraged and inspired by the real-life stories of classroom successes and failures that illustrate the points throughout the book. The chapters cover a range of categories, including different types of written, creative, and civic action assessments. The book includes:

  • planning charts and rubrics showing how to use, grade, and give feedback on assessments so they truly aid student learning and progress
  • specific examples, useful tips, and ready-to-go instructions that you can use immediately with your class
  • open-ended assessments encourage scaffolding or adaptation for individual or group work to fit your classroom needs

You will learn how to personalize instruction and provide students with avenues for creativity and the types of learning experiences they need to be prepared for a complex world.

chapter |22 pages


The Art of History

part Part 1|34 pages

Authentic Assessment

chapter 124|32 pages

Authentic Assessment Q&A

part Part 2|74 pages

Written Assessments

chapter 258|26 pages

Formal Essay

chapter 3|11 pages

Research Papers

chapter 4|35 pages

Creative Writing

part Part 3|89 pages

Creative and Artistic Assessments

chapter 5132|28 pages

Oral Communication

chapter 6|38 pages


chapter 7|21 pages

Digital History

part Part 4|39 pages

Civic Action Assessments

chapter 8222|32 pages

Civic Action Assessments

chapter |5 pages


The Frankfurt Barkeep and Other Heroes