Using the essay “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulgham as a stimulus piece, students will work in teacher-assigned groups of three to five students to present a short, improvised play using one of the lessons outlined in the essay.
The lesson must be made clear and adapted for the age of the audience.
Students will have seven minutes to plan their performance. The performances should be no more than three minutes in length and tell a complete story (beginning, middle, and end). The performance should be humorous in nature.
Each individual will respond to questions about the performance of one other group. In this example of three student groups—Group 1 should respond to Group 2; Group 2 should respond to Group 3: and Group 3 should respond to Group 1. The critiques will serve as the evaluative piece for this assessment.
This assessment has five parts to it:
o Part 1–Read the Assigned Essay
o Part 2–Group Assignments
o Part 3–Prepare a Performance
o Part 4–Group Performances
o Part 5–Evaluation
This item has been voluntarily field-tested by Michigan teachers with a non-representative sample of students.
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