What’s the best way to assess vocabulary? Is it a rote-memory “matching” or “multiple choice” quiz? I don’t think so. Those are easy to grade, and easy to guess correctly on, but they do not ensure permanent learning, nor do they show me that a student actually knows the words. So instead, I expect students to demonstrate knowing what the words mean with something like this:
Students must select a row of 4 – like Connect 4! – and build a single sentence with those four words. For example, using the top row:
After Lewis and Clark explored the new west, the War of 1812 reinforced America’s stature as a sovereign nation, and capitalism led to a more urban, wealthy America.
You cannot “guess” your way out of this quiz. If you don’t know the vocab, you cannot write a sentence. (that first row’s a tough one – they’re not all that bad :)
Use this post as practice – or even create your own. Make a 3×3 if you’d like it a bit easier, or even try a 5×5 grid!