The baseline, or diagnostic, assessment is meant to engage students in historical thinking, reading, writing, reasoning, and investigation. Students are asked to read two documents that account for Columbus’s explorations of the “New World”. They are then asked to answer a series of analysis questions that engage them in thinking further about these documents. Finally, students are asked to write a response to a prompt that asks them to think about the two documents together.
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