Research the standardized testing requirements in your state. Name the

1.  Research the standardized testing requirements in your state. Name the test and describe how often/in which grades students are testing. Research to find a credible article about the opt-out movement in which students and parents are electing NOT to participate in state-mandated testing. Reflect on the following questions: Do you think this movement is good or bad for public education? Why or why not? Justify your response with evidence from the article and other scholarly sources you find online.

2.  Knowing what you want to teach by writing instructional objectives in advance of instruction is essential to helping students learn. Begin by identifying the state-mandated content standards related to the subject you will teach. Then identify one or two specific standards on which you will base a specific lesson.

  • You can find Texas' curricular standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, or TEKS, here.
  • If you are pursuing certification as an EC-6 generalist, be sure that your lesson plan is consistent with Texas' Prekindergarten Guidelines if appropriate.
  • If you are pursuing certification in the field of special education, there are no specific TEKS related to special education. Instead, lessons for special education students are still aligned to the grade and content level TEKS in which the student is studying. Therefore, you may select any content area or grade level for which to align your lesson; however, be sure to identify the selected grade level and content area as well as identify that the lesson is specifically designed for learners with special needs.

Each educational objective should address at least one identified state standard. When writing objectives, a sufficient number of objectives should be constructed to address each identified state standard for your lesson. In this assignment, you will need to provide 3-5 objectives corresponding to 1 or more state standards that you identify.

For this assignment, follow these steps:

1. Provide the grade level and subject in which the lesson will be used.

2. Identify the state standards to which you will align. Include both the reference number of the standard and the full text of the standard. For example,

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Mathematics
Subchapter B. Middle School, Grade 6

(b)(1)(C) (The student is expected to) select tools, including real objects, manipulatives, paper and pencil, and technology as appropriate, and techniques, including mental math, estimation, and number sense as appropriate, to solve problems;

(b)(2)(C) (The student is expected to) locate, compare, and order integers and rational numbers using a number line;

3. Review the list of verbs related to Bloom's taxonomy from this course.

4. Identify the verbs you want to use in writing objectives from each column on the list, based on the Bloom's level at which you are seeking to measure learning. Each objective should have one verb as its focus. Label the objective's verb by putting it in bold text.

5. Ensure that at least two of your objectives are related to higher-order thinking (thinking at the two highest levels, Evaluating or Creating, of Bloom's taxonomy).

Here is an example of a  concise, achievable, and measurable objective: The student decides whether a sentence is simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex. (Evaluate) 6. Label the level of Bloom’s taxonomy that corresponds to each objective and place the label in bold text.

example for question 2 is attached

this will be 4th grade math state of texas 

  • InstructionalObjectivesExamplar.docx

Example: Writing Instructional Objectives Assignment

(Provided courtesy of an iteachTEXAS candidate)

Assignment: Students will write a letter to the principal persuading him to either implement or not implement study hall before the school day begins. The letter must be at least one page long and students must write in a formal register. 

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English Language Arts

Sub-chapter C High School, Grade 9 

(16)  Writing/Persuasive Texts. Students write persuasive texts to influence the attitudes or actions of a specific audience on specific issues. Students are expected to write an argumentative essay to the appropriate audience that includes:

(A)  a clear thesis or position based on logical reasons supported by precise and relevant evidence;

(B)  consideration of the whole range of information and views on the topic and accurate and honest representation of these views;

(C)  counter-arguments based on evidence to anticipate and address objections;

(D)  an organizing structure appropriate to the purpose, audience, and context; and

(E)  an analysis of the relative value of specific data, facts, and ideas.



1. The students will formulate a clear thesis that will be supported with evidence in the body paragraphs. ( Create

2. The students will clearly explain their position in the assignment. ( Create)

3. The students will apply ethical, logical, and emotional appeals in their writing. ( Apply)

4. The students will organize their thoughts in their essay in a logical and coherent manner. ( Create)

     5.The class will debate counter arguments to their positions. ( Analyze)


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