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Unit 4: Assessing Student Writing in History/Social Studies

Unit 4 will examine how the CCSS-aligned assessments related to the lesson activities in Units 2 and 3 can be used to guide instruction.


Throughout and upon completion of Unit 4, participants
will be able to:

  • Examine formative and summative assessments
    that measure history/social studies content
    knowledge and the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy.
  • Apply rubrics to analyze student writing and consider the
    implications for revising instruction.



With the increased emphasis on social studies for the early grades, spearheaded by national and state standards, we think it is an optimum time to consider assessment as an integral part of the curriculum rather than as an "add-on" or "afterthought." Our recent classroom observations suggest that assessment can be a natural and ongoing part of the curricular process, assessment is "doable" even in the early grades, the process sets the tone so that social studies is valued by students, and assessment establishes clear expectations for student learning."

—Alleman and Brophy, 1999