Sky: Assessment Tasks

See the range of assessment tasks below which are also embedded into the sequence of learning for this unit of work.

Teachers could also use evidence of student work from each of the 5 focus areas to bring together a portfolio of work to show how achievements have been met.

Formative Assessment 1  
Creative Writing – Bio Poems.

Students compose a poem which explores the theme of identity.

Refer to Focus Area 2: Identity, for more information on this task.

Formative Assessment 2  
Extended Response – Analytical Writing.  

Students compose a PEEL paragraph on the character of Sky.

Refer to Focus Area 3: Relationships, for more information on this task.

Formative Assessment 3  
Visual Literacy – Designing a Front Cover.

 Students to design a new front cover for the novel and write a 250-word rationale which explains the stylistic choices made.

Refer to Focus Area 3: Relationships, for more information on this task.

Formative Assessment 4  
Blog It – Writing About a Key Issue/Topic from the Novel.

Students compose a blog about an issue/topic raised in the novel, with a focus on editing and peer assessment.

Refer to Focus Area 4: Animal Protection, for more information on this task.

Summative Assessment  
Oral Presentation – Perspective. 

Students research, plan, write, and deliver a 3-minute oral presentation on one public protest or instance of social justice activism – historical or recent, linking this to the key concept: Perspective.

This could be modified to use as a formal school assessment task – with students completing the research part of the task at home, given time in class to write their speech, and then performed by the students in class and marked by the teacher.

If a more literary approach is required to meet state curriculum requirements, teachers could opt to change the focus of the oral presentation to a theme/key concern within the text, or alternatively use Jane Goodall’s quote, which opens the novel, as a stimulus.

Refer to Focus Area 5: Making a Difference, for more information on this task.

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