Formative Assessment Ideas for Social Studies

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

Formative assessment is used to determine how students are doing during a specific subject, to assure that you can move forward with little to no confusion. This lesson provides some unique ways to perform formative assessments.

Formative Assessment

There are two different types of assessment, formative and summative. Summative assessments are assessments that are meant to determine the comprehension of students after a subject has been finished. Formative assessment is meant to assess a student's comprehension while still learning a subject. Formative assessments can be graded or not graded, which is dependent on personal choice. The main goal is not a grade; however, it is to see if the students understand the subject and whether they need to go over pieces or all of it again.

In-Classroom Formative Assessments

Formative assessments do not need to be long and drawn out - if you are just trying to assess whether the students comprehend the subject, then a short review is fine and can be done in the classroom. These examples are ways to do short reviews for students while learning a subject such as social studies.

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