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The Academic Race

These comprehension assessments accompany the Academic Race Reflection. They gauge prior knowledge about the topic, document understanding during and after reading, and provide in-depth prompts for students to respond to the Reflection.

Previewing the Reflection:

A series of open-ended pre-reading questions designed to engage students, assess prior knowledge, and expose any pre-conceived ideas about the person or culture explored in the Reflection. Previewing the Reflection questions are intended to be non-threatening and accessible to a range of students.  Students are encouraged to answer honestly, and to discuss their answers with their classmates.

PDF icon Academic Race Previewing the Reflection

Reflection: The Academic Race by Jessica Li

Jessica tackles the subject of the pressure many teens feel to be academically ultra-competitive in an effort to have a bright future. She looks at the downside of focusing solely on scores and grades at the expense of pursuing personal interests and passions.

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Understanding the Reflection:

This resource is to be used during and after students read the Reflection.  Included in it are a series of reading comprehension questions designed to check for student understanding of the Reflection.  These question formats include multiple-choice, constructed response, or other effective questioning strategies.

PDF icon Academic Race Understanding the Reflection

Reviewing the Reflection:

This resource is to be used after students read the Reflection.  It includes a series of post-reading questions designed to encourage student reflection and assess changes in students' perception and understanding of the cultural issues addressed in the unit through some deliberately repeated questions in the "Previewing the Experience" activity.

PDF icon Academic Race Reviewing the Reflection

Responding to the Reflection:

This resource should be used after the students have read the Reflection. Students are presented with a list of questions intended to elicit a more personal response about the Reflection. 

PDF icon Academic Race Reflection Response