One of our 4th grade teachers uses a “graffiti wall” to assess students’ knowledge of content such as identifying figurative language, text structure, and main idea. I have also utilized this strategy with Social Studies content. Use chart paper or the whiteboard as a space for students to respond to a topic or question. I have most often incorporated this idea in my station rotations. Graffiti boards are a shared writing space where students record comments and questions about a topic. You can use the graffiti board strategy as a preview activity to help organize existing knowledge. The ideas shared on the graffiti board are an excellent springboard for class discussion. The comments and questions are eye opening if used as a checkpoint during a unit or chapter, before formal assessments are given.