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NCTE: Assessing Descriptive Compositions

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

In this activity, students present their monologues to the class. Students in the audience make inferences and attempt to determine which work of art the speaker is personifying.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the LearningCheck™ and NoteFolio™ Apps on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Review the basics of public speaking (transparency) as well as the rubric you will be using to assess the monologues. Remind students that they will be participating in a guessing game. They must listen closely to each student's monologue for clues. Advise students to hold their guesses until the speaker has completed their presentation.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the LearningCheck file(s) to your class using TI Connect™ and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • write in a variety of situations (impromptu, over time, in collaboration, or alone) and adapt strategies (such as revision, technology, and the use of reference materials) to the situation.
  • complete a writing assignment within a limited amount of time; producing a well developed, well organized, and clearly written response in effective language and a voice appropriate for audience and purpose.
  • use computers to acquire, organize, analyze, and communicate information.
  • recognize and explain the impact of various media on daily life.
  • After the Activity

    Ask students to anonymously vote for their favorite monologue. Present the winner with a souvenir from the museum.