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  • What Does UDL Look Like?

    Shark's ToothI've had so many questions about what a UDL assessments look like. There is really not one answer, as UDL assessments allow for educator creativity, but here's one example - the choice assignment. My seventh grade students are currently reading, Throwing Shadows, by E.L. Konigburg. For the first story, On Shark's Tooth Beach, I wanted to focus on point of view. My students had the choice of the following assignments. Check out one of my favorites, to the right.

    Narrative Point of View Assignment- Shark’s Tooth Beach 

    • RL 7.1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
    • RL 7.6: Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.


    On Shark’s Tooth Beach is a short story about a chance meeting between two individuals, President Bob and Ned, but the story is written from Ned's point of view. For this assignment, imagine you are President Bob and you’re explaining your relationship with Ned from your point of view. Choose one of the following and write a narrative about your time shark tooth hunting with Ned. Regardless of which assignment you choose, you must use at least 3 direct quotes, or specific textual evidence, from the text.

    Choose your assignment:

    1. 15 different 140 character tweets/Facebook status updates from the point of view of a President Bob as he’s hunting for shark’s teeth, visiting Ned, etc…
    2. A one-page letter that you, as President Bob, would write to an old colleague after getting back to your house after Ned gave you the “trophy.”
    3. A diary entry, examining your friendship with Ned.
    4. 5 block detailed/colored comic strip with at least 40 characters of text in each box.
    5. A script for a short skit about Ned and President Bob, from President Bob’s point of view.
    6. SUPER CHALLENGE: Imagine you are President Bob and you are looking for a friend your own age to spend time with. Create a handout you could post at the senior center to help you find some friends to hang out with.

    Which one would you have picked?