Authentic Lessons for 21st Century Learning


K20 Center | Published: September 16th, 2020 by K20 Center


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This short writing activity helps students summarize their understanding of material, evaluate that understanding for gaps in knowledge, and communicate this to their teacher.



Students reflect on their own knowledge using a writing strategy that asks them to identify the things they have learned and questions they still have. Characteristic of the strategy, the first question results in three responses, the second question results in two responses, and the last question results in one response. Though this strategy can be used at any point in the lesson, it makes for an ideal exit ticket, showing educators both the information that stuck as well as the holes students felt they had in their understanding of the material.


  1. Present students with the writing prompt: What are three things you learned? What are two questions you still have? What is one thing you found interesting?

  2. Have students answer the questions and either share out their responses or turn them in.

Keeley, P. (2008). Science formative assessment: 75 practical strategies for linking assessment, instruction, and learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, SAGE.