Energy, Matter, and Organization: Writing Assessment Redux

After grading the writing assessment from last Friday, it became apparent that the assessment did not accurately reflect student understanding of the content.  We briefly discussed the reason for this, with students explaining the scenario was confusing and they did not have enough time with the short Friday class period to formulate a solid explanation.  With the need remaining for students to “show what they know,” students received a new assessment organized more like an assignment and focused on drawing out student content knowledge.  The new assessment helped students build a framework upon which they could then “write to explain” the process of digestion and biomolecule metabolism.  This assessment, along with work from the student’s Unit 2 portfolio and

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