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One Pager Assignment: How to Effectively Use It

January 2, 2019 3 min read

One Pager Assignment: How to Effectively Use It

January 2, 2019 3 min read

The one pager assignment has been around the teacher blogosphere for a while now. It seems like everyone uses them all the time! And I won’t lie, I’ve definitely used the one pager with my students – most recently as a culmination to our reading of The Outsiders.

And don’t get me wrong. I love them! They are a great opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge in a more creative format. The final products my students submitted turned out visually pleasing and will make for a great gallery walk when we go back to school after the winter break.

But … there was one big *problem* I ran into with the one pagers and my middle school students …

After grading the finished products, I was kind of underwhelmed by the level of analysis by students. AND it was difficult to figure out what questions were being answered from the assignment page. I was constantly having to go back and check the rubric to see if I could match the question posed to one of their answers.

UGH! It made grading a lot longer than necessary … where had I gone wrong?

After reflecting for a bit and mulling it over with Jessica, we both came up with this:

  1. I needed to have clearer expectations on the required elements for the one pager.
  2. I needed to provide my students with more analytical and in-depth choices to include on their one pager.
  3. Some students needed just a bit more structure.
  4. I needed an easy method for checking which prompts students were including on their final draft

So, Jessica and I worked together to revamp my one pager assignment and came up with a format that I KNOW is going to have my students producing the *quality* work they are more than capable of. (Plus, they’ll likely appreciate how much clearer the expectations are now!)

One pager assignment for middle school

Here’s what we did to create a stronger one pager assignment:

First, we decided to make the one-pager a student choice board. We created eleven Common Core aligned literature analysis activities and arranged them on a choice board. (When I use this with our next unit, I’m going to have my students choose four of the activities to present on their one pager.) I love the choice board idea because will allow for student-buy in with the project as they chose activities they are confident in.

But, it doesn’t stop there! We also included a Student Cheat Sheet that goes into much greater detail about the expectations for each activity. Explicit instructions will ensure that students know what needs to be included in each component on their final draft.

Second, we created some basic templates for students who might need more structure. A blank page can be a bit daunting for students, and let’s face it, there’s always those kids who don’t double check the rubric to see if they included all the requirements. With these templates, students will know that each box must be filled in with one activity, providing them with an easy visual for what is expected.

Finally, and, this is super simple (kicking ourselves for not doing it sooner!), we made it a requirement to have our students circle/color in the boxes on the choice board that correspond to the activities they will include on their one pager. One quick glance and we will know exactly what to look for on their final product!

I am so excited about the One Pager Choice Board I will be using with my students from now on …

Take a peek at what we created!

When we created this one pager resource for my classroom, we also created it with you in mind. We wanted any teacher to be able to use it with any text!

Some of the options we included on the choice board have students focus on setting, character analysis, evidence and justification, artwork, poetic devices, thematic statements, and personal connections to the text. We also included two simple templates if differentiation is needed as well as an editable rubric for easy grading 🙂

You can grab this great resource by clicking here – just print and implement!

Caitlin

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