26. An explanation of the life cycle of a ladybird

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Task Details

Task details

Name of writing assessment task  An explanation of the life cycle of a ladybird
EAL student stage range  A2, B1, B2, S1, S2
Text orientation Informative
Task type Cued response


Task Specification

Task specification

Purpose To assess students’ ability to construct a simple information report
Description Students complete a report of the ladybird based on diagram and report stage questions
Assumed knowledge and description
  1. Content knowledge: Understanding of the life cycle of a ladybird and how to interpret cycle diagrams
  2. Text type, genre: Information report: an explanation of the life cycle of a ladybird
  3. Linguistic structures and features:
    • present tense to explain a process
    • time sequencers: then, next, after…
  4. Vocabulary: Key vocabulary in the life cycle of a ladybird: Eggs, larva, pupa


Learning/Teaching Context

Learning/teaching context

Language centre/mainstream class EAL support
Subject/key syllabus objectives, outcomes   Science
Topic/teaching unit  Unit of work around insects, spiders
Assessment conditions
  1. Individual activity
  2. Formal/informal: Formal
  3. Time limit: Flexible
  4. Teacher intervention:  Limited to response to student request for clarification and encouragement 
  5. Access to resources: Students have access to the diagram of the life cycle of a ladybird 
  6. Scaffolding (modelled/guided/independent support): Guided
  7. Accommodations: 
Notes
  • The assessment is done on students’ first draft
  • Pre-assessment activities can be extended as appropriate for students
  • The diagram of the life cycle of the ladybird is an example only
  • The diagrams can be made simpler or more difficult according to the needs of the students.  There are a selection of diagrams on the web to choose from.


Task Implementation

 

Task implementation

STAGE ACTION STEPS
Pre-assessment activity
  • Teachers and students revise the life cycle of the ladybird and the vocabulary needed at each stage based on learning gained in lessons prior to the assessment
  • Teacher distributes a diagram of the life cycle of the ladybird
  • Using the diagram, students verbally explain the life cycle to each other
Assessment activity
Post-assessment activity
  • In pairs or small groups students show each other their explanation of the life cycle of a ladybird and do self and peer feedback
  • Give students time to improve and write a second draft
  • Students illustrate their explanation
  • Once the students’ work has been read, provide individual and whole class feedback on strengths and individual or global improvement steps


Assessment Criteria

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Samples of Student Work

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