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Civic Objective#: 11 Program Year: 2020-2021
Civic Objective: Research and describe the cultural backgrounds that reflect the local cross-cultural society and that may present a barrier to civic participation.
TOPSpro Form #: 116C AAP #: 11.6
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.
1 *Write and/or report personal information: name, place of birth, and native language, etc.
3 *Interview classmates about cultural information.
4 *Identify classmates’ countries of origin on a map.
8 *Report about one’s own or other cultural background.

Additional Assessment Plan Tasks

Task: 1

Description: Identify and Describe a Classmate’s Culture

Content A (2 items, 2 points possible)
Student will use a map to locate and name student’s country of origin and a classmate’s country of origin. (May be done orally or in writing)

Content B (6 items, 12 points possible)
After interviewing a classmate using level-appropriate questions about culture developed by the class, student will state up to 6 pieces of information (BL=3, BH 4, IL=5, IH-A=6) about the classmate’s culture/country named in Content A. Student (IL-A) will include at least 1 piece of information about civic activity (see sample questions 3 and 4). (May be done orally or in writing.)

Sample questions:
In your country…..
1. What is your favorite holiday? Describe it.
2. How do you spend your free time?
3. How do you decide whom to vote for?
4. How does your town or city help you if you have a family problem?

Points Possible:14Level:Beginning Low - Advanced
Scoring Rubric Points
Content A
Country is located and named. 1
Country is not located and/or not named. 0
Content B
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 that interfere with meaning, but the statement can be understood with inference. 1
Statement is inappropriate, incomprehensible, or incorrect, or there is no statement. 0

Task: 2

Description: Present a Report about a Student’s Country

Student will describe orally 5 customs from student's country that are the same as or different from customs in the U.S.
Sample topics:
1. Marriage
2. Treatment of children
3. Work/Employment
4. Money and Banking
5. Medical Care
6. Discrimination
7. Safety
8. Education
9. Type of Government

Points Possible:15Level:Beginning Low - Beginning High
Scoring Rubric Points
Content
Statement is appropriate, clear, complete, and has correct content. There may be errors but they do not interfere with meaning. 3
Statement is appropriate and has correct content. It may be partially complete. There may be errors that interfere with meaning, but the answer can be understood with inference. 2
Answer is inappropriate, incomprehensible, or incorrect, or there is no answer. 0

Task: 3

Description: Write an Article about Student’s or Classmate’s Culture
Student will complete an authentic writing task such as writing an article for a student newsletter, about life in student’s or classmate’s culture. If the article is about a classmate's culture, it will be based on the interview in Task 1 and level-appropriate research. The article will include 4 areas such as:

1. Give full name, country and city or region of birth and native language. Give a brief account of education, home, and family life in native country.
2. Describe 1 holiday from the culture/country and how it is celebrated
3. Describe how student’s life in the native country is the same as life in the U.S. in relation to one of the topics below
4. Describe how student’s life in the native country is different from life in the U.S. in relation to one of the topics below

Sample Topics:
• Work/Employment
• Money and Banking
• Medical Care
• Discrimination
• Raising Children
• Education
• Safety
• Type of Government

Optimally, the writing task will be created on a computer and sent to the assessor electronically.

Points Possible:25Level:Intermediate Low - Advanced
Scoring Rubric Points
Content
Addresses all parts of the task effectively. Ideas are well stated, clearly expressed, and supported with concrete, relevant detail. No inference is required. Written in well-organized paragraph(s). 18
Addresses all parts of the task adequately. Some ideas may not be well stated. Contains some relevant detail. May require minimal inference. Written in adequately-organized paragraph(s). 16
Addresses the task in a general way but may have gaps. Many ideas may not be well stated. May lack appropriate or sufficient detail or clear focus. May require some inference. May be written in loosely-organized paragraph(s). 14
Addresses the task minimally, but relation to the task is evident. May be unfocused or unclear. Little or no supporting detail. May require a substantial degree of inference. May not be written in paragraph(s). 12
Nothing written, or content is incomprehensible or inappropriate. 0
Grammar, Structure and Mechanics
Almost no errors in grammar, structure, spelling, capitalization, or punctuation. 5
Some errors in grammar, structure, spelling, capitalization, or punctuation that do not distract the reader. 4
Many errors in grammar, structure, spelling, capitalization, or punctuation that may require the reader to infer meaning. 3
Errors make the writing difficult to understand even with inference. 0
Format, Neatness and Legibility
Has a title, and uses appropriate indentations, etc. Writing is neat and legible if handwritten. 2
Uses appropriate indentations,etc. May be legible but not neat if handwritten. 1
Does not have a title, does not use appropriate indentations, etc., and/or writing is neither legible nor neat if handwritten. 0

Rating Scale

Total Points Possible: 39
Advanced: 35
Intermediate High: 31
Intermediate Low: 26
Beginning High: 18
Beginning Low: 12
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