Participation points may be given for participating in class discussion on the Berlin Airlift (my students can currently earn up to ten participation points per class period). The formal assessment will consist of a student-produced account of the Berlin Airlift, either from the perspective of an American pilot participating in the Airlift or a Berliner who benefits from the supplies delivered in the Airlift. Students may choose either perspective, and should be encouraged to consider different personalities and viewpoints (e.g., an American pilot who is conflicted about helping a former enemy, a child in Berlin excited about receiving candy, a Berliner who assists with unloading planes or repairing runways, etc.).
After completing other lesson activities, direct students to choose a person for whom they wish to create a journal entry or letter. Depending on the grade level and student ability, length of the written account may very; for my at-risk high school students, I will require a minimum of two five-six sentence paragraphs. Students should create names for the personality they choose and should date the journal entry or letter. In the written account, they should describe in detail their person’s feelings on the Airlift, why the person feels this way, how/why the person has benefitted from the Airlift, how/why the person’s feelings about the Airlift have changed, etc.
Berlin Airlift Assessment Scoring Guide
5 = excellent; 4 = good; 3 = satisfactory; 2 = needs work; 1 = marginal/ineffective; 0 = does not meet guidelines
1. Written account clearly illustrates student understanding of 5 4 3 2 1 0
Berlin Airlift’s human importance/impact
2. Written account is convincing and effective at portraying 5 4 3 2 1 0
2. Written account clearly describes character’s feelings on 5 4 3 2 1 0
Berlin Airlift and explains reasoning for these feelings
3. Written account shows creativity/student actively places 5 4 3 2 1 0
himself or herself in character’s shoes
4. Written account meets basic writing guidelines (length, 5 4 3 2 1 0
5. Written account is well-written, legible & free of major 5 4 3 2 1 0
6. Teacher comments
7. TOTAL POINTS EARNED: /30 Percent & Letter Grade: