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CAT 14 Word Journal
Estimated Levels of Time and Energy Required for:
Faculty to prepare to use this CATLow to Medium188-192
Students to respond to the assessmentMedium to High
Faculty to analyze the data collectedMedium to High

"The Word Journal prompts a two-part response. First, the student summarizes a short text in a single word. Second, the student writes a paragraph or two explaining why he or she chose that particular word to summarize the text. The completed response to the Word Journal is an abstract or a synopsis of the focus text."

 Purpose"The Word Journal can help faculty assess and improve several related skills. First, it focuses on students’ ability to read carefully and deeply. Second, it assesses skill and creativity at summarizing what has been read. And third, it assesses the students’ skill at explaining and defending, in just a few more words, their choice of single summary word. Practice with this CAT helps students develop the ability to write highly condensed abstracts and to “chunk” large amounts of information for more effective storage in long-term memory. These skills are useful in almost any field, particularly the professions." — Classroom Assessment Techniques, Angelo, TA and Cross, KP, 1993

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