Design the Summative Assessment | Facing History & Ourselves
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Design the Summative Assessment

Plan your summative assessment based on a “This I Believe” personal narrative or an assessment of your choice using Facing History’s strategies for prewriting, outlining, and revision.


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About This Section

Assessments are most effective when students find them meaningful and relevant, and when they help students to clarify their ideas, engage with real-world problems, and reach a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them. 

With these ideas in mind, we have designed a summative assessment option, a “This I Believe . . .” personal narrative essay or podcast project, that teachers can use or adapt for their own coming-of-age unit. In the spirit of the original 1950s This I Believe radio series, your students can join thousands of others who have shared their guiding principles in written and recorded statements that respond to the sentence starter: “This I believe . . .”

This section on designing a summative assessment includes: 

  • Prewriting, outlining, and revision activities and handouts for a “This I Believe” personal narrative essay or podcast project
  • Recommended resources to further support essay writing

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Materials and Downloads

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Use Section 5 of your Educator Workbook, available below in Google Doc format, to begin identifying your assessment goals and outlining your summative assessment. You can also access the full procedure of our "This I Believe . . ." summative assessment in Google Doc format below.

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