Historical Performance Tasks
A performance task is any learning activity or assessment that asks students to perform to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and proficiency. Performance tasks yield a tangible product and/or performance that serve as evidence of learning.
It is an alternative assessment to the traditional, multiple choice test. Recently, our team created our own performance tasks in a shared Google Doc. Each of us created and uploaded samples we could use with our students using the GRASPS model.
We were able to write comments and give constructive feedback to one another about the quality and design of our assessments. I chose to create two assessments that could be used in our “Freedom and Conflict” courses in Grades 7 & 8.
My first performance task puts students in the role of assistant to the Mexican ambassador. Upon receipt of the infamous Zimmerman Telegram, students must decide what to do with a document that played a significant role in the United States’ decision to enter World War I.