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AHS Subject Guides: Physical Education and Health: SportsFolio Assessment: Text Response Format

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SportsFolio Assessment: Text Response Format

Sportfolio Assessment: Text Response Format

  • Think of an issue that interests you, related to health, sports, or fitness.

  • Find an article about the issue you have chosen in one of the three databases below.

  • Answer the 6 questions below.

  • Use this Word form to fill in your answers.




SIRS (Student Issues Researcher) provides resources for many subject areas.(scroll down the list to find SIRS).

Searching tip: Try browsing by TOPIC in the top menu (HEALTH, maybe?) then look for subtopics. Or use the search box, with "Subject Headings" selected.


MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site.

Searching tip: Look under “Health Topics”, then “Health and Wellness”


National Institute of Mental Health is a part of the U.S. government’s NIH (National Institutes of Health).

Searching tip: Use the "Health Topics" to narrow down your search.



Use this Word form to fill in your answers.


1.  Explain the main idea/theme/topic the article is trying to communicate.

-If conflicting or contradictory points of view are presented, explain them.

Do not copy the author’s words. Instead, “paraphrase” the information, using your own words and writing style. Your style should be appropriate for an academic essay. It should not sound like you are talking to a friend.


2. Summarize the most important information in the article.

-Make sure your summary follows the logic of the author’s argument or explanation.

Always paraphrase, using your own words and writing style.


3. Explain why you think the author wrote the article.

-For example, was the author’s purpose to inform, convince, or warn the reader, or were there other reasons?

-Point to evidence in the article that indicates the author’s purpose.


4. Evaluate whether the author uses solid reasoning and evidence to support his or her argument.

-Give at least one example of how the reasoning and evidence support the argument.


5. Explain how the information in this article might help readers to improve their personal health and wellness.


6. List the following (look at the example below):

-a. The title of the article.

-b. The print or online publication where it originally appeared.

-c. The date the original article was published (if available).

-d. The database where you found it.

-e. The name of at least one expert, reliable person or organization named in the article that provided information used in the article.



Look at the example below, and see where the information is located:






Common Core Reading Standards Addressed



Reading Science/Tech. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.2    

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.


Reading Science/Tech. Science/Tech. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.10    By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 9-10 text

complexity band independently and proficiently.


Q. 2

Reading Science/Tech. Science/Tech. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.5    

Analyze the structure of the relationships among concepts in a text, including relationships among key terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).


Q. 3

Reading Science/Tech. Science/Tech. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.6    

Analyze the author's purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text, defining the question the author seeks to address.


Q. 4

Reading Science/Tech. Science/Tech. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.8    Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author's claim or a recommendation for solving a scientific or technical problem.


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