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Lesson 3: ​Immigrant Experiences ​of Korean Americans: ​The Sammy Lee Story

Formative Assessments

  • Activity 3.1

    • Quick Writes

    • Venn Diagram

  • Activity 3.2

    • Think-Pair-Share

    • Analyzing a Biographical Text 

    • Double-sided Timeline (may also be considered a summative assessment)

Summative Assessment 

  • Comparison/Contrast Essay Graphic Organizer

  • Comparison/Contrast Essay 

Literature and Writing Extension 

  • Children's/Young Adult Book Review

  • Children's/Young Adult Book Reading/Narration

Summative Assessment: Comparison/Contrast Essay

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​This Summative Assessment builds on what was learned in both Activities and involves students in the Writing Process.  Activity 3.1 Quick Write and Venn Diagram are treated as prewriting activities.


Assessment Strategies

  • To support this assessment, use the Lesson 3 Teacher's Guide and  Lesson 3 Presentation found under Lesson 3.

  • Begin by reviewing the five steps to the writing process.

Students Prewrite

  • Have students locate and review their Quick Write responses and Venn Diagram from Activity 3.1. 

Students Plan & Outline

  • Distribute and review the "Comparison/Contrast Essay Directions and Scoring Rubric" (download below).

  • Post the writing prompt and ask students to complete the "Comparison/Contrast Comparison Graphic Organizer.)

  • Give students time to plan and outline their essay.

    • WRITING PROMPT: Using your Activity 3.1 Quick Write and Venn Diagram as prewriting activities, compose a 5-paragraph essay in which you compare and contrast the experiences of Sammy Lee and another immigrant of your choice as they relate to immigration laws and status. 

  • Approve outlines before students advance to writing their first draft.

Students Compose First Draft

  • Allocate sufficient time for students to compose their first draft.  

Students Review and Revise 

  • Provide students with feedback through the following strategies:

    • Writer Workshop - students sign up for 10-minute conferences with the teacher to get assistance. 

    • Peer Review - in pairs or small groups, students read each other's drafts and provide feedback using the Example Format and/or Scoring Rubric.

Students Edit and Publish

  • Allow students time to edit their essays and finalize for submission.



Comparison/Contrast Essay Graphic Organizer (PDF)

Comparison/Contrast Essay Directions and Scoring Rubric (PDF)

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