Using Performance Tasks to Improve Comprehension

Planning Document

More information about using performance tasks as assessment from the VDOE can be found here and their recommendations for designing performance assessments can be found here.

Ideas for using performance tasks to improve comprehension can be found here.

Sugar Ban Example:

Sugar Overload

Sugar Ban Explained

Earthquakes Example:

Articles and lesson ideas

  • Video One: Earthquakes 101 (3 mins)

  • Video Two: Earthquake Shake Table (2 mins)


Life Along the Nile

Excellent resources:

Great examples of performance based assessments, including the texts and activities used for grades K-8 here:

Great lessons for K-5 reading instruction:



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