Education Technology

NCTE: Assessing Sitting in a Setting

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will assess the compositions that their peers wrote about specific settings. They will respond to the work and provide suggestions to make it better. They will edit their compositions while taking into account their peers' responses.

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 NoteFolio(tm) App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

During the Activity

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


  • Students will:
  • Write about their observations.
  • Gain a strong understanding of the purpose of setting.
  • Understand the characteristics of powerful and descriptive language.
  • Recognize the relationship between choice of language and audience response.
  • Work effectively with other peers.
  • Make productive use of student feedback.
  • Create a final polished composition that describes a setting using vivid language.
  • After the Activity

    For homework, the students should revise their drafts. Each student will submit his or her own revision of the group composition to the teacher for a grade.