Benchmark Assessments. The tool of measuring educational data. We took a lovely journey into the Declaration of Independence to assess where the class is in “decoding primary source documents.” There are several Common Core State Standards that are associated with this, and if you’d like a separate post outlining all of them, I’ll begrudgingly comply. But the bottom line was that we took what would have been a fabulous lesson on The Declaration and turned it into a snoozer of an assessment.
For this, I am sorry. But don’t worry–I’ll make it up to you with an awesome lesson on The Declaration. Awesome? The Declaration? Surely you must be joking, you say. Nope. I’m serious. I give you a money back guarantee that if you don’t love Jefferson’s opus (that means “work”) I will refund you in full. “What’s that,” you say? “I didn’t pay any money for this lesson! That’s cheap!” Oh, my people–time is money, and surely the taxpayer would disagree–someone pays something for every lesson, so I want to make sure you get your money’s worth out of Jefferson. For after all, he did invent our concept of “macaroni and cheese.” If it weren’t for Jefferson, you’d have no Kraft Mac & Cheese, Bob Kraft would have been too poor to buy the Patriots, and who would you root for during football games?
That, my good people, is an example of “cause and effect,” one of the very standards we addressed with that assessment.
But hang tight for the “English to English translation” of Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence.
- What did he say?
- Why did he say it?
- Was he even right to say what he said?
- How’d he do calligraphy that nice without messing it up?
- What were the effects of this document?
Stay tuned, for the answers to all these important questions and more…