Letter Writing: What would you change about standardized testing?

Letter Writing: What would you change about standardized testing?

After reading both articles in the Paired Text:Too much standardized testing?, students will write letters explaining what they want to change about standardized testing explaining why and what they would change.

  1. Have students read both articles. Additionally, have students answer the questions and Write prompt connected with the paired text here.
  2. Instruct students to analyze both articles, keeping these questions in mind. What reasons did the people in the articles give in support of or against testing? Have students think about their own personal experiences with standardized testing. Do your students think too much time is spent on testing? Why or why not?
     Tip: Use the questions above as Annotations.
  3. Have each student write a letter to Newsela using these questions to guide them:
    • Introduction: Do you believe too much time is spent on standardized testing? Why or why not? State your opinion.
    • Body: Think of three reasons to support your opinion. Cite evidence from the articles and provide examples of your own personal experiences.
    • Conclusion: What is one solution you could provide to resolve the debate around standardized testing?
    • Optional: We’d love to see your students’ work. Send images or the text of the letters to Newsela by Tweeting them to @newsela or emailing them to community@newsela.com with the subject line “Letters from Georgia.”
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