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Mary is a social studies teacher at a high school in Colorado. Her students are currently studying World War I, and while she feels confident with the amount of time she has spent planning the unit and the progress so far, she finds that he routinely has 5-10 minutes left at the end of class where students are left without an activity. Rather than wasting that time, Mary wants to find and instructionally productive means of using it that will help her gauge student progress as they read through the textbook over the next three weeks. Each daily reading assignment covers five to six pages of the text book. The end unit assessment is a 55 question test that covers the entirety of World War I.

Suggest an activity that Mary can do with this time that will act as a formative assessment to inform future class periods. Mary spends much of the class period lecturing - suggest a way that these final ten minutes of class can incorporate pairing or group work to engage students with each other.

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