Essay Test

In your essay test response, you will have access to your personal, original and authentic reader's response as recorded in your Reader's & Writer's Digital Notebook. You will also have access to the text you have read.

An essay test response is the only timed response you will encounter inside the curriculum with the exception of the semester final exams. You usually have two class periods to complete your response.

The following resources can help you prepare for your essay test response: 

Essay Test Checklist and use it when you draft your next essay test response.

Quote Analysis the Easy Way  (University of California, Berkeley)

The difference between an "A" essay test response and an "F"essay test response 

Getting Started...

Return to your Reader's & Writer's Notebook.  Review this to determin whether or not you are prepared for an essay test response to the literature you have selected. 

Identify the parts of your notebook that  you'd like to focus on for this summative assessment by highlighting relevant text and adding a comment.

Once your essay test response has been scored, you will have the opportunity to try another essay test response (with another prompt) to improve your score.

How will this assessment be scored? Which competencies are demonstrated in the context of this assessment? Click here.

Finished? Here's how to submit your final draft!

Make sure your final draft is named as follows (substituting your name and appropriate summative number where indicated):

Last Name, First Name_Summative #4

Place this in the appropriate sub-folder within your course folder. Lastly, submit this file to