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Using the Student Workbooks as Assessment

Our new Level I Student Workbooks provide students with fun activities that help to strengthen their comprehension, reading, and writing skills. The workbooks can also be used as a valuable assessment tool for teachers. As mentioned in the previous post, the workbook activities directly support the performance guidelines and communication objectives for each lesson. As a result, teachers are able to use the work that students do as a formative assessment for each lesson.

The assessment rubrics that accompany the Sonrisas Spanish lessons include the communication objective as the goal while the performance guidelines serve as a baseline measure for “Meets expectations,” “Does not meet expectations,” and “Exceeds expectations.” The purpose of the assessment is to show that a student demonstrates useful and meaningful language skills, as measured by the performance guidelines, in order to achieve the communication objectives.

The work that students do in the workbooks activities can provide evidence for many of the performance guidelines in the assessment rubrics. Teachers can use the rubric to determine which performance guidelines are addressed in each workbook activity. They can then check student work to see if it “meets expectations”, “does not meet expectations”, or “exceeds expectations” and record the outcome in the correct column of the rubric. In this way, the workbooks provide teachers with one more piece that helps them to assess their students’ language acquisition. Ideally, teachers use anecdotal observation, oral assessments during art projects, and examples from student work in the workbooks to complete the assessment rubric.

Sonrisas Spanish creates, publishes, and sells preschool and elementary Spanish curriculum. The Sonrisas Spanish Curriculum consists of fun, effective, standards-based Spanish lessons for children.

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