Curve Ball: Assessment Lesson!

My students are currently preparing themselves for their first mock exam. This is a college initiative to monitor progress of students and establish their current working at grade. For my students it is the first opportunity to write a full essay under timed conditions without notes. For me it is the first time I will be grading their full essays using the mark scheme. My conclusion: this is fairly daunting for all.

So in order to support them as much as possible, I decided to throw a curve ball lesson into the SOW (crazy business is this new spec planning) and have a lesson dedicated to assessment. I also produced a booklet of plans to support their revision ( see Essay Plans: Supporting New Spec Revision)

Lesson plan:

Scrabble Quiz (a student picks out a letter from bag of scrabble pieces. In groups they have to write as many words covered so far in philosophy starting with that letter)

‘Where can I improve?’ sheet


Essay Folders – create new target sheet based on essay feedback and assessment of progress from ‘Where can I improve?’ sheet

Go over mark schemes

Re-draft essays based on feedback and MS – go over current working at grades

Groups: “The soul is only a metaphor, it does not exist in reality.” Discuss

  • Split into 5 groups: introduction and four main paragraph groups (Materialism- Dawkins, Behaviourism, Peter Geach, Gilbert Ryle)

Each team (on the worksheet) writes a section which is then photocopied for the class (drafting paper given)

Hopefully from this session students will have an awareness of any gaps in their knowledge, assisting their mock revision. It will also enable them to take responsibility over their learning and progress through target setting. It will also draw the students attention to their essay feedback and applying this to future work. Finally students will start to understand the examiners expectations through looking at the mark scheme and how to apply this to their own work through self reflection.

If you would like a copy of the above worksheet go to TES Resources for your free download.

To view all available teacher and student materials click on: R.S Resources. This digital goods store will allow you to quickly and safely download all materials (for a small charge). These include PowerPoints, lesson packs (with all worksheets and activities) key knowledge test packs (with answers), essay writing skills pack, revision packs and much more. I am always uploading new materials (as and when I cover them with my students) so it is worth checking regularly. These are all the materials I use with my own students, so they are tried and tested and available for you to download, keep and adapt over the years.

Revision bubbles/ advice and sample questions with guidance found in:


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