When I was first “thrown” so suddenly by the pandemic into a situation where I had to work on reading comprehension via distance learning with my Deaf and hard of hearing students, I used online worksheets consisting of multiple-choice questions a great deal.
There is no doubt that sometimes such a worksheet is EXACTLY what is needed.
For example, take the following old reading comprehension exercise of mine which I updated into an online worksheet – Identifying the Main Idea
My goal is (yet again, and again and again) to try to show the students that they have to read the distractors of a multiple-choice question very very carefully. Distractors often include information that is factually correct but is not the main point at all.
A Self-check multiple-choice online worksheet is absolutely the way to go in this case.
I love it when a student complains that the worksheet must be wrong – surely the main idea of the short video involving a blind man must be “It is important to help blind people”. That fact is true but it is NOT the main idea here – that’s the kind of discussion I want to have!
Here is the link to the worksheet
Sometimes the value of the learning task is greatly diminished by having multiple-choice options. Such as in cases where the answer is fairly obvious, and having options makes the question ridiculously easy.
More importantly, when enriching students’ vocabulary is part of the goal of a particular task, having them write out (or type) the answer on their own forces them to pay attention to the word a bit more. Many formats of online exercise do not enable copy /paste, the students actually have to type in the words letter by letter.
An unexpected difficulty can arise here.
Even though it is quite possible to have the students type in the correct answer and keep the worksheet in “self-check” format, I have stopped doing so.
For the answers to be considered correct the students have to type the answer in EXACTLY as you typed it in. If they wrote the correct answer but inadvertently added a space, used the wrong symbol in the keyboard in the word “don’t ” (a very common error that my students make), added or missed a comma, their answer will be marked as WRONG!
Many of my students really don’t respond well to that sort of situation.
So, as in the worksheet you will see here, I leave all the blanks for the students to type in the answers empty, without a self-check answer. The students then send me pictures of the screen or screenshots and I check them.
I have the luxury of having small classes, but it is possible to send them a document to self-check their work if you find it more applicable to your teaching situation.
Here is a link to a task using abbreviations commonly found online to introduce some phrases, while watching a lovely video that was a huge hit a few years ago.
I’ve included an answer sheet below the link.
Answer sheet: Utilizing the gift of texting Answer sheet
I hope everyone goes back to teaching in class soon!