Our Reading Bump-it up wall!

What is a bump-it up wall?

Bump-it up walls are a way for students to visually assess their work independently. In Ontario, reading EQAO marks are assigned as follows: level 1, level 2, level 3 and level 4. Level 3 and Level 4 means the students are meeting curriculum expectations. Each level on the wall has a description of the level with examples of student work (not from our class!).

The bump-it up wall is designed by students so that it is meaningful to them. As a class, we analyze EQAO samples and look for trends. What do level 1 and level 2 answers look like? What does a level 3 and 4 look like. We noticed that level 1 and level 2 answers do not answer the questions and they do not provide enough (or any) support/examples from the text. Last week, we developed a list of criteria for each level. Each student will be receiving a copy of the 'bump-it up' wall and it will also be posted in the class with EQAO student samples. Students succeed when they understand what a level 3 or 4 looks like and when they can identify their strengths and next steps- that's how we can independently set goals for ourselves! 

I am attaching a copy of what we created for parents to view. This will be used for reading by students for the rest of the year.

Yours in Catholic Education,
Mrs Zulpo


Reading Bump-it up Wall-Student Handout
Co-created by Mrs Zulpo and the grade 3 class


Getting Started Level 1
  1. Did not restate the question
  2. Did not answer the question
  3. No relevant (on-topic) text support
  4. Did not use schema (prior knowledge) when needed

Moving Along  Level 2
  1. Did not restate the question
  2. Answers part of the question
  3. Used some relevant (on-topic) and some irrelevant text support
  4. Did not use schema (prior knowledge) when needed

Almost There Level 3
  1. Restates question
  2. Answers most or all of the question
  3. Includes most relevant (on-topic) text support
  4. Used schema (prior knowledge) when needed

Got it! Level 4
  1. Restates question
  2. Answers all of the question
  3. Includes all relevant supporting details
  4. Used schema (prior knowledge) when needed


Steps for Reading Response Questions
  1. Read the text (at least 2 times)
  2. Read the question carefully
  3. Highlight the important information (ask yourself: does this fact answer the question?)
  4. Answer the question
  5. Reread your answer and then check the bump-it up wall.  What can you do to improve your work before you hand it in?

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