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Lesson 6: Aftermath of the Korean War: Korean Transnational Adoptions

Formative Assessments

Summative Assessments

  • Comparison/Contrast Graphic Organizer

  • Comparison/Contrast Essay on Korean Adoptee Stories

Summative Assessment: Comparison/Contrast Essay

​This Summative Assessment builds on what was learned in Lesson 6 activities by engaging students in comparison and contrast of the experiences and feelings of Korean transnational adoptees. Note: Students are introduced to Comparison/Contrast Essay writing in Lesson 3.


Assessment Strategies

  • To support this assessment, use the Lesson 6 Teachers' Guide and Lesson 6 Presentation found under Lesson 6.

Students Prewrite Quick Write

  • Have students complete a five-minute Quick Write with this prompt:

    • Compare and contrast what you know about the adoptee experiences of Ri Kang Yong and Deann Borshay Liem.  How are they similar? How are they different?

    • As time permits, have students share their responses in small groups or as a whole class.

Students Plan & Outline

  • Distribute and review the Comparison/Contrast Essay Directions and Scoring Rubric for Experiences of Korean Transnational Adoptees.

  • Post the writing prompt  and give students time to plan and outline their essay.

    • WRITING PROMPT: Using your Quick Write as an early draft, compose a 5-paragraph essay in which you compare and contrast the experiences of Deann Borshay Liem with another adoptee of your choice as they relate to their lives before, during, and after adoption and reunification.

  • Students will first need to find the story of another adoptee.  A few excellent resources are provided (on the left) to get them started, but encourage them to do their own research.​

  • Once they identify their second adoptee, have students complete the Comparison/Contrast Essay Graphic Organizer (download below) to outline their essay.

  • 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.


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