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Civic Objective#: 40 Program Year: 2020-2021
Civic Objective: Respond to questions about the history and government of the United States in order to be successful in the naturalization process.
TOPSpro Form #: 406C AAP #: 40.6
Assessment Type: Oral, Written

Level Range

From: Beginning Low To: Advanced

Language and Literacy Objectives

Language and literacy objectives with an asterisk (*) are suitable for beginning low level students.
2 *Describe the colors and design of the American flag and discuss the meaning of the stars and stripes.
3 *Identify the three branches of American government.
4 Identify three levels of American government (local, state, and federal), and describe their major functions.
5 *Write vocabulary words and dictated sentences from U.S. history and civics topics.
8 Describe the responsibilities of three branches of American Government.

Additional Assessment Plan Tasks

Task: 1

Description: Task 1
Present an Oral Report on the American Flag
Content (18 points possible)
After researching (IL-A) or reading/learning (BL-BH) information about the American Flag or other relevant topic, student will give an oral report. The report will be based on the answers to up to 5 level appropriate questions (BL=3, BH=4, IL-A=5) such as:

1. What are the colors of the flag?
2. Why does the flag have 13 stripes?
3. Why does the flag have 50 stars?
4. What is the name of the national anthem?
5. How is the flag designed? (IL-A)
6. What is the history of the American flag? (IL-A)
7. What are some traditions associated with the American flag (IL-A)
8. What do we show loyalty to when we say the Pledge of Allegiance? (IL-A)

Optimally, the research or reading/learning will take place on the internet.

Presentation (2 points possible)
Student will develop and utilize at least one visual (optimally a slide presentation) to demonstrate. Presenter will use effective speech and body language throughout the presentation.

Points Possible:20Level:Beginning Low - Advanced
Scoring Rubric Points
Content
Report is appropriate, clear, and has correct content. All 5 questions are answered. Ideas are well stated, clearly expressed, well organized and supported with concrete, relevant detail. No inference is required. There may be errors but they do not interfere with meaning. 18
Report is appropriate, clear and has correct content. At least 4 questions are answered. Some ideas may not be well stated. Contains some relevant detail and is adequately organized. May require minimal inference. There may be errors but they do not interfere with meaning. 16
Report is appropriate and has correct content but may lack clarity. At least 3 questions are answered. Many ideas may not be well stated. May lack appropriate or sufficient detail or clear focus. May require some inference. There may be errors but they do not interfere with meaning. 14
Report has correct content but lacks clarity. At least 2 questions are answered. May be unfocused with little or no supporting detail. May require a substantial degree of inference. There may be errors which interfere with meaning but the response can be understood with inference. 12
Report is inappropriate, unclear, incorrect, no questions are answered or there is no report. 0
Presentation
Learner uses effective speech and body language through most of the presentation and refers to a relevant visual aid. 2
Learner does not read the entire report or speaks too softly to be heard and/or does not refer to or have a visual aid. Body language distracts from the report. 0

Task: 2

Description: Respond to Questions about the History and Government of the United States
Student will respond to up to 12 questions about the history and government of the United States. These questions may be taken from the USCIS list of government and history questions for naturalization such as:
• What is the supreme law of the land?
• What are the three branches of government?
• Who was the first president?
• Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

Points Possible:12Level:Beginning Low - Advanced
Scoring Rubric Points
Utterance is correct and comprehensible. 1
Utterance is incorrect or incomprehensible. 0

Task: 3

Description: Practice Dictation
Student will write up to 3 level-appropriate sentences (BL-BH=2, IL-A=3) containing vocabulary words from civics and history topics dictated by the assessor.

Points Possible:6Level:Beginning Low - Advanced
Scoring Rubric Points
Statement is appropriate, clear, complete and has correct content. There may be errors but they do not interfere with meaning. 2
Statement is appropriate and has correct content. It may be partially complete. There may be errors which interfere with meaning but the statement can be understood with inference. 1
Statement is inappropriate, incomprehensible or incorrect or there is no statement. 0

Rating Scale

Total Points Possible: 38
Advanced: 34
Intermediate High: 30
Intermediate Low: 26
Beginning High: 21
Beginning Low: 17
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