English: Assessing subject knowledge

Stephanie Burke
29th October 2018
Magnifying glass on booking to illustrate assessing subject knowledge in English with KS3, KS4 and post-16 secondary students

Tests, templates and tools to help you to evaluate pupils’ subject knowledge in the English classroom

Now that the new school year is well underway, it's a perfect time to assess your students' subject knowledge and evaluate how successful their learning has been so far this year. We have selected some of the best resources to help you to identify gaps in learning and plan your work going forwards.

General English assessment tools

Use these resources to assess your students' general reading and writing skills, and to support students with assessing their own and each others' work in the English classroom.

70 exciting Assessment for Learning activities

70 exciting Assessment for Learning activities - make each lesson fun and varied with over 100 different ideas for assessment activities and ways to sum up or engage a class whilst checking their understanding and progress. From an award winning department, enjoy!
By lordturner

English Assessment Feedback Sheets - reading and writing

These feedback sheets dramatically reduce marking workload and get students taking more ownership of their work and actually acting on feedback. I introduced these into my department a while back. As a result, markloads have reduced and students are much more responsive to feedback and much more accountable for the improvements that they make.

The only writing you need to do is to input levels and to write in a WWW. The rest is taken care of as all you need to do is highlight the applicable statements

Sheets are for KS4 but could easily be adapted to suit KS3 and are easy to tweak. I've adapted many of the targets and areas for improvement from the AQA English language and literature mark schemes

They've worked like an absolute dream, saved me loads of time and Ofsted really liked how they worked across the whole department and got students more invested in making improvements. Only minor tweaks would be needed for these to work with pretty much any assessment you might be doing.

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By ajs12345

Peer Assessment Sheet

Oral Presentation Assessment Sheet. Peer Feedback sheet for Speaking. Speaking Peer Assessment sheet
By sheilasantha

Peer Assessment and Improvement Lesson

This is a one-off lesson that I used regularly in my teaching, either at the end of a longer piece of written classwork or at the end of an assessment. I even use this for sixth form teaching when they are handing in essays.

The lesson involves:
- A broken-down success criteria sheet that can be altered depending on topic
- A PowerPoint that guides students through detailed peer-assessment
- Students are each given a skill to assess and will peer assess five other pieces of work in a carousel activity. This works best with tables of 6. At the end of the lesson each student's work will have been assessed for each skill and by 5 other people.
- Students will then improve their work based on this peer assessment before reflecting and showing their teacher where they feel they have improved their work the most.
- The teacher can then mark with minimal annotations and see if they agree with the peer assessment.

This lesson teaches itself once students have been trained into doing it!
By Jennifer Hopwood

Writing Marking Scheme For Pupil Assessment + Baseline Assessment

This is a writing marking scheme that can be used to assess any piece of writing from the lowest levels to GCSE level. It can be used in Primary and High Schools for pupil assessment and baseline assessment.

By Engage Education

New English Literature and Language GCSE Assessment Objective posters

Set of 12 Assessment Objective (AO) posters for the new English Literature and English Language GCSE. PowerPoint and PDF versions provided. Suitable for all exam board specifications. Easy to print. Logical images have been selected to represent each AO. If you prefer a more abstract style please view my other resources.

The different Assessment Objectives (AOs) for GCSE English Literature and English Language (provided by the Department of Education and the exam boards) have been combined into one user-friendly poster set. Also included are the Spoken Language AOs, so everything you and your students need is in one place. Each AO has been allocated a memorable image to help students understand the different skills they need to master.

The set of AOs are suitable for use from Year 7 right through to Year 11.

Included in your download are:
- A set of 12 x AO posters. The posters are available as a PowerPoint and PDF.
- An overview document explaining how the AOs for GCSE Literature and Language have been combined.
By Pip142

Assessment for particular texts

These resources will help you to assess how well your students understand and can write about key GCSE texts, including Macbeth, An Inspector Calls and A Christmas Carol.

Lady Macbeth Assessment Lesson

Lady Macbeth Assessment Lesson which focuses on act 1 scene 5 and helps students to structure GCSE style responses. Includes model answer and planning sheet as well as key quotations and sentence starters for lower ability students.

By H Adams

A Christmas Carol: 15+ Assessment Questions and Exam Practice for KS3/KS4

Here is a range of extracts and assessment based questions that can be used to test students knowledge of a Christmas Carol.

There are 15+ questions here than can be used to reflect each stave, and can be easily differentiated and modified as needed.

By Daniel Teacher

Unseen poetry Assessment- 3 hour task

Pupils complete the booklet on their own, under exam conditions. This results in pupils studying a range of conflict/war poems and an essay on the poem Futlity. This task can also be combined with the futile nature of conflict in Romeo and Juliet- AQA Literature Controlled Assessment.
By diamond_raindrops

An Inspector Calls: Practice Essay Questions

A collection of essay questions either taken from old AQA exam papers or devised in a similar style to the new AQA exams.
By timgoundry

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