Benchmark Assessment

Benchmark Assessment

Narrative Writing


Since you began school, you have used your imagination to write many stories. These stories are called narratives . Today you will write a narrative so that your teacher can see how much you know about writing a good story.

Write a brief response to this question.

  • What should good narrative writing include?

Write and discuss your thinking with the class.

Benchmark (Cold Write): Narrative

Work Time

Now you will write your narrative. Remember that a narrative is a story about events, both real and imaginary.

You will have 20 minutes to write your narrative.

  • Write a brief narrative in response to the prompt.

Government Violations

Work Time

Complete a Quick Write.

  • List as many things as you can think of that citizens should never tolerate from their government.
  • Try to think not just about egregious violations but also about more everyday concerns, places where government might encroach upon its citizens’ rights.

Write and share your thoughts with your classmates. Determine which violations you can imagine a government actually committing and which seem beyond what a government would really do.

Positive Collaboration

Work Time

Think about a time when you’ve been accomplishing a task with one or more people and you were “in the zone”—working well, getting things done. This can be as simple as washing dishes with your family or as complicated as an ongoing construction project.

  • Describe what each person did that made the work flow so smoothly.
  • Explain the strategies the group used to function so well.


Positive Collaboration Discussion

Work Time

Share and listen to classmates’ experiences. Discuss your responses.

  • What seems to lead to positive collaborative experiences?

Declaration of Independence

Work Time

Your teacher will read aloud and annotate the Declaration of Independence.

  • Follow along and annotate so you have some examples to use for reference.
  • Then, pay attention as your teacher creates Dialectical Journal entries, and be sure to ask any remaining questions you have about the process.

Declaration Analysis

Work Time

With your partner, continue reading, annotating as you go.

  • Create and complete a Declaration Dialectical Journal with three to four quotations that reveal the causes for the colonists’ complaints and your analysis of these causes.

Government Violations Revisited

Work Time

Look back at your list of government violations from earlier in the class. Compare them to the work that you and your partner did identifying the colonists’ causes for complaints.

Write two to three sentences comparing your lists.

  • What, if any, similarities do you see? What are the differences in your lists?
  • Did the Declaration of Independence get you thinking differently at all about the role of government?

Write and share your observations with your classmates.

Declaration Reflection


Write two things about the Declaration of Independence.

  • One thing that surprised you
  • One thing you’d like to include

Write and share your ideas with the class.

Independent Reading


For homework, continue reading your Independent Reading book and complete Independent Reading Dialectical Journal entries as you read.