Passing Part 2 of the GED Writing Exam: Effective Essays
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Neringa Tuyilingire (Staff)
I think you did a good job on your StAIR. It was very simple and easy to understand. On one of the slide, the link was not working: I was not able to open the rubric. Also, I was confused about Quiz 3 on the slide “Tips for writing the Body Paragraph” because it said retake Quiz 3. Maybe you meant to retake Quiz #1. To meet UDL Principles, you could add text-to-speech option since there is so much text in your slides. For your quizzes I would have given students different paragraphs to test their knowledge on other than the ones you provided as samples in your StAIR. I liked that you have clear instruction in all of your slides. I think you met instructional design and instructional strategies really well.
Dessa Schurr (Student)
Very nice and informative! Great use of different audio and sounds for slides! I liked that you provided examples of each section of an essay. That will really help students understand how to write an effective essay. Great explanations of what each section should include and definitions of words, such as thesis. The links you provided were great as well! They will really help students understand an essay. Providing the checklist was a great way for the students to review and see if they have included everything in their essay. One thing I noticed was that you link the writing rubric and final quiz twice. It can be found in the Writers Checklist section and the GED Writing Rubric. I would choose one place or another to have them, otherwise the student has to go through it twice. It was also a little confusing on your “Tips for Writing the Body Paragraph” slide. You have a “retake quiz #3 button” and when I first came to this slide, I didn’t understand why it was there. I thought I had missed the quiz. I would copy this slide and make it only link from the quiz so it won’t confuse students. I would also consider adding audio buttons on the slides with a lot of text, such as any slide where you have examples of writing. I think you did a good job meeting instructional design, instructional strategy of deductive reasoning, and UDL principles. Overall it was very informative! I learned and reviewed a lot about essays!