Desperate for a test/Ancient Greece

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  1. JWar417

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    Hi all,

    I am teaching Ancient Civilizations with Prentice Hall's World Explorer/The Ancient World. Anyway, I came into this year with NO materials - I don't even have a teacher's edition. I am struggling to put together a test on Ancient Greece and was wondering if anyone might have the software with the test generator - perhaps you would be kind enough to forward the test to me via email? I have come up with a couple of variations, but for whatever reason (time of year, length of time spent on the unit, short amount of time left, frustration, etc.), I haven't been able to come up with something as solid as I would like or as solid as what I had all year (the previous teacher did leave some tests from the test generator, but apparently, she never got to Greece during the curricular year). Help or suggestions would be appreciated!
     
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    Is there no one at neighboring schools or on the district level who's using the same materials and so could help?
     
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    I'm no real help to you.

    But the test depends on the material you've taught and the material you've emphasized.

    I say sit down and make up some questions. If it isn't as long or as strong as those you're used to, that's fine. As long as it reflects the material YOU have covered.
     
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    I agree with alice. Just sit down and make a brief test - maybe multiple choice, T/F, or matching with 1 short essay. Your students will be grateful for its simplicity and you'll have an easier time grading (something we all need in May). I hope you requisitioned a new tchr. ed. for next year. Good luck!
     
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    I've never been a fan of using someone else's tests anyway. Each of us adds different nuances to the material we teach. We phrase things our way and explain them our way and emphasize them our way. (That's also the problem I have with scripted lessons.) I never end up at exactly the same place with my 5 classes or do exactly the same problems from one period to the next; each evolves depending on how the class went and what the kids knew and understood.

    So I agree: order the teachers edition. But make up you own tests.

    OK, off my soapbox :)
     
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    I've made up 2-3 variations of the test, but I always feel like it's not good enough even though I've been meticulous about it and reviewed all class notes. I guess I need to just go with my own effort here.

    Strangely, the other middle school in the district uses a different book!

    Thanks for the advice.
     
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    As long as you cover the "high points" and give the students an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts it is good enough. You don't need to test on every little detail. I have often given very open assessments where students create a Mind Map or complete another type of graphic organizer to show me their grasp of concepts.
     
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    I have a test made up around my Ancient Greece Unit for my 7th grade history classes, however the questions are based somehwat on the textbook, but mostly around my notes, activities, and worksheets from other sources. It is a print copy and I'll scan it for you later. I would be happy to to take a look at your test, if you would like.
     
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    By the way I have used that same text book and I did not really like any of the quizzes or tests that came with the book, what did you think?
     
  11. JWar417

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    I also hated the assessments that came with this book. Very frustrating! With my 8th grade class, I use History Alive and I find it so much better (although, there are always mistakes within their tests!)
     
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