Short Story Unit Assessment Name:
Ms. Helm 7th Grade Block:
Score: /_points
We analyzed the test questions for Bloom's taxonomy, question type and common core standards.
knowledge 37%
comprehension 5%
application 5%
analysis 32%
synthesis 5%
evaluation 16%

2 Selected Response and 17 Constructed Response, of which 9 are focused, 6 are identity, and 2 are short answer.

We agreed that we need more application and synthesis questions and we need more selected response. Also, we could consider dropping the questions that don't address standards (unless we feel there is a compelling reason to keep them)

I. Matching. Match each story element with its definition.
A. plot
B. setting
C. point of view
D. protagonist
E. first person POV
F. climax
G. third person omniscient POV

1. Where and when a story takes place.
2. The character who we follow and identify with in the story.
3. Seeing things from a certain perspective.
4. The pattern of events that take place in a story.
5.When everything in a story comes to a final conflict.
6. When the narrator uses words like "I" and "my", the character in the story is telling the story.
7. When the narrator is detached from the story and can see the story from multiple perspectives.

“The Samaritan” - Dessonville
1. Of the three types of Point of View, which perspective is "The Samaritan?" (1 pt) (Application) 7.RI.6
Answer: 3rd Person Limited (the reader only knows about the crew, not the aliens)

1. 2. List the three different types of Point of View. (3 pts) (Knowledge) 7.RL.6
Answer: 1st Person, 3rd Person Limited, 3rd Person Omniscient
3. 3. What is the benefit of 1st person point of view? 3rd person omniscient? (4 pts - 2 for 1st person and 2 for 3rd person) (Analysis) 7.RL.3
Rubric for Answers:
1pt response - Student identifies correctly what the perspective is but does not identify why that perspective is benefitial
2pt response - Student identifies correctly what the perspective is and identifies one or more reason why it's benefitial
1st person - the reader gets to know what the character is thinking, feeling, and doing more closely than if a narrator was telling the story
3rd person - the reader gets to know what various characters are thinking, feeling, and doing

1. Questions for setting and adjectives.

1. What are three key elements of a setting? (Knowledge) Builds toward 7.RL.3

2. Write two sentences using at least two adjectives and circle them. (Synthesis) Builds toward 7.W.3d

3. Identify the adjectives in the following sentences: (Knowledge) Builds toward 7.W.3d
a. The tall bookshelf in Mrs. Helm's class has many interesting books.
b. The young boy is very popular among his classmates.

"The Naming of Names"
1. Name a theme found in “The Naming of Names.” What events in the story support this theme, and how do they support it? (Analysis) 7.RL.2
Rubric for Question 1:
1.0: Student does not provide relevant events and his/her reasoning is unclear or not present.
2.0: Student does not support the theme with relevant events, or does not clearly explain his/her reasoning.
3.0: Student supports the theme with relevant events, and explains his/her reasoning.

2. One possible theme that could be developed with a city setting is loneliness. In 3-5 sentences, show how this theme fits with the setting. (Application?) 7.RL.3
Possible answers: A person is surrounded by strangers. A city is not as familiar as home. Even if a person makes new friends in a city, they will not be as close as lifelong friends.

3. The colonists are happier when they live in their villas like native Martians than they were when they lived on Earth. What theme could this plot development best support? (Analysis?) 7.RL.2
a. Determination to stay alive
b. Happiness with family
c. Harmony with nature
d. The dangers of travel
Answer: c. When they live in their villas, they spend their time enjoying the countryside, while the town is described as dried-up canals and rusting metal buildings – not natural; the colonists are happier when they are surrounded by nature. Students might be tempted to choose happiness with family, but they should remember that they also lived with their families on Earth. Students might also be tempted to choose determination because it was discussed with other events in the story, but it does not factor into this particular example.


How did the setting of All Summer in a Day help create the theme of the story? (Analysis) 7.RL.3
Answer: (This is how I would answer it, but students should make some mention of the rain making Venus a miserable place). On Venus, it rains and rain. There is only sun for a couple hours every 7 years. The rain is miserable because people are forced to live underground and never see sun. For Margot, this is most terrible, making her more and more lonely on Venus.

If you were one of the children in Margot's class, would you have stood up to William for Margot? Why or why not? Please give examples from the story. (Evaluation) 7.RI.8
Answer: (This is an opinion question, so students should give an answer and use examples from the story to defend their choice. Following is an example answer). I don't think that I would have stood up to William, because he is a bully. In the story, he pushes and taunt Margot, and as one of the children, I wouldn't want him to turn on me.

1. How is Timothy different from his two younger brothers? Use evidence from the story to support your answer. (Analysis) 7.RL.1

A: He is more perceptive and pays attention to what Mom and Dad are doing. He keeps an eye on Mom and Dad when his brothers ignore them and he figures out that they blew up their own rocket and plays along with Dad that it's a game. He notices that things are strange now within the family.

2. Do you think it was a good idea to blow up the rocket? Why or why not? (Evaluation) 7.RI.8

A: Students could say that Dad was being paranoid or that it was a good idea because then any people from Earth who wanted to go back to old ways wouldn't find them. They could say something about them being trapped now and the Edwards not being able to find them.

3. At the end of the story where do the Thomas family see the Martians? (Knowledge)

A: In their reflection in the river.
Ms. Hofeldt

What was the climax of the story Bargain? (Comprehension)
Name two events from the story Bargain that led to Slade's death. (Knowledge) Builds toward 7.W.1c
Ms Hannah
In your own opinion, what do you think the moral message of The Frog Who Wanted to Be a Singer was? (Evaluation) 7.RL.2
What animal tricked Frog into singing on stage? (Knowledge)
What group of animals was rude to Frog and kicked him out of their house? (Knowledge)
a. Elephants
b. Lions
c. Birds
d. giraffes