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Active Reading through Self-Assessment: The Student-Made Quiz

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Active Reading through Self-Assessment: The Student-Made Quiz

Grades 6 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time Three 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jaime R. Wood

Jaime R. Wood

Portland, Oregon


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology





  • A common text for students to read (any genre will work)
    • This lesson uses “All Summer in a Day” as the model text, but can be adapted for use with a short story of your choosing.

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  1. Locate the short story “All Summer in a Day” online.
  2. Prepare a computer with Internet access and a projector so you can project the story “All Summer in a Day” for students while you read it aloud. (You might also choose to make copies of this story for each student so everyone can read along and mark on the story, but that’s not mandatory for this activity.)
  3. Make copies of the Example T-Chart for "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury and the Additional Example "So What?" Questions handouts for each student.
  4. Choose an additional common text for students to read individually before conducting this lesson. This may be a work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry; but it should be challenging enough that students will need this in-class time to process it.
  5. Determine the main ideas of this text for yourself.
  6. Make copies of the blank T-Chart printout for every student.
  7. Make enough copies of the “Student-Made Quiz” form for each group to have one.

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