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Testing ... Testing ...


Subject:Language Arts
Grade: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Brief Description
Turn the tables! Let students develop test questions for a selected work of literature.


Students demonstrate critical- and creative-thinking skills to develop test questions. Students write clear test questions or statements using correct grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.


book, test, critical thinking, sentence, literature, library, reading

Materials Needed

assigned book, paper, pen/pencils

Lesson Plan

  • Have students read an assigned book for class.
  • Organize students into small groups. Tell students that each group will develop two to four questions for a test on a book they have read. Give students the format for the test, such as true-false, fill in the blanks, multiple choice, or essay.
  • Have students write their questions and create answer keys. Compile the questions.
  • As other students read books for which tests have been created, they can take the tests!
    Variation 1: Have each group develop four questions. Choose two or three questions to include on a test.
    Variation 2 (for older students): Organize students into small groups. Tell students that half the groups will develop one kind of question for the test, and the others will create a different type of question; for example, some groups develop true-false questions and others develop essay questions.


Evaluate students' test questions and answers.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Language Arts:

Updated 11/5/2001