• When students complete a Close Reading Activity, they are given an Overall Score that is based on the average of three other scores: Main Idea Score, Other Questions Score, Effort Score. Unfortunately, students cannot access their Close Reading Score from the “Reports” feature in the pulldown menu at this time. That is why I have provided those scores in the “comments” section of LMS for the Close Reading Activities students complete.

    The Overall Score is what I used for the “grade” in LMS. I used the Scoring Legend in the following chart to determine the Standards-Based Score in LMS: 4 – 88% and above; 3 – 70% - 88%; 2 – 50% - 70%; 1 – 25% - 50%; 0 – 0% - 25%.


    The chart also explains how each of the scores are derived.

    Close Reading Activities Score Chart

    Zinc further explains what they mean by a “rushed” answer in the text box below.

    "Rushed Answer" Defined


    Tip: Since your score is based, in part, by how well you answer questions the first time, and not entering nonsense in a text field, it is crucial you take your time to read the text and questions carefully. Be fully present during the video presentation. Thoroughly answer the questions in the text fields.

    That last point cannot be emphasized enough—most often the text field says “type a couple of words” (or something to that effect), which is misleading. “A couple of words” is a recipe for a low effort score. You should answer in complete sentences if you can.

    I also included in the LMS comments the “recommended” time for each activity and how much time you spent on the activity. I can tell you, without embarassment, that I spent over the recommended amount on the two activities I did, and I am an adult reader. Being thorough and thoughtful in the activities takes time.

    I will try to provide some text examples from the next Close Reading Activities I complete as a guide.

    Lastly, the Close Reading Activities are something that Zinc is still building and testing. I noticed that at the end of my two Close Reading Activities, I was asked to provide feedback. You should take the time to offer constructive criticism (both positive and negative) so they can better the activities. For instance, I felt that the Close Reading Activity for Their Eyes Were Watching God was much better organized and provided a greater level of understanding than the one I completed on Frankenstein. I’m sure Zinc would appreciate student as well as teacher feedback.