[Expect this page to be fully updated by September 2017]


Short writing assignments (500 words or less) that students complete at home. Some Microtheme examples include: writing a synopsis of a popular science article; choose an angle on a controversial topic and defending it; uncovering a thesis or general statement that gives meaning to a dataset either assembled by the class or provided by the teacher. Mircothemes are also sometimes used as Classwork.


The invention of Professor Paul Heideman, Assessment Analyses are designed to help students learn how to use already completed quizzes and tests to figure out how they might change their study methods. Effective analyses of assessments is one of the best study skills middle school students can learn how to do before they enter high school. Dr. Merritt’s Assessment Analyses are modifications of Professor Heideman’s six-step approach.


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