How do I create a graph plotting item?

In Mastery Connect, you can create a graph plotting item. A graph plotting item asks a student to add points, lines, parabolas, etc. on an interactive graph in response to a stimulus.

Note: District and school administrators (admins) can also create items directly in the district item bank.

Add New Item

Add New Item

In the Global Navigation menu, click the Assessments link. Then, follow the steps to create a new item.  

Format Item

Enter the question or prompt for students in the Compose question field [1].

Enter minimum and maximum parameters for the x and y axes in the Graph Parameters text boxes [2].  

By default, in the Tools section, Button 1 is designated as the Point icon, and Button 2 is designated as the Move icon. To delete these selections, click the Delete icon [3]. Alternatively, you can click the Button drop-down menu and select a different tool type from the list [4].    

To add a new tool, click the Add button to open a new Button text box and select a tool from the drop-down menu [5].

To add a set of tools, click the Add Group button [6]. Then, select the tools you want to add to the group in the drop-down menus [7]. Grouped tools display in a drop-down menu in the preview window toolbar [8].

In the Default tool text box, Point is set as the plotting tool that will be enabled when the question displays. To change the default, click the Default tool drop-down [9].

Set Correct Answers

Set Correct Answers

In the Set Correct Answers section, enter the number of points awarded in the Points box [1]. Then, use the tools to plot out the correct answers on the graph [2].

By default, graphing questions use exact match scoring. To avoid validation issues if duplicate shapes are entered, select an option from the Ignore repeated shapes drop-down menu [3].  

To view additional formatting options, click the More Options drop-down menu [4].

View More Authoring Help

For more information about additional authoring options available in the More Options menu, scroll to the top of the item authoring page and click the Authoring Help icon.

Add Features  

Add Features

To add optional features to the item, click the Add Feature button [1] and select the features you wish to add from the drop-down menu [2].  Learn more about adding Passages and other features.

Note: The Desmos calculators are only available in districts that have paid Desmos subscriptions.

Validate Answers

Validate Answers

To view the item interaction in the preview window, plot points on the grid. Then, click the Show Answers checkbox [1].

Correct answers display a check mark [2]. Incorrect answers display an X [3].

The number of points awarded for the item as answered in the preview window over the number of points possible display in the scoring bubble [4].

Save or Publish Item  

To save the item as a draft and keep editing enabled, click the Save As Draft button [1]. When you save an item as a draft, it can be edited and deleted in your personal item bank and by admins in the district teacher item bank.

To disable editing and share the item with teachers in your district, click the Publish button [2]. When you publish an item, it displays in the district teacher item bank and is available to all users in your district. You can delete the item from your personal item bank, and admins can delete the item from the district teacher item bank.

To disable editing and share the item with admins only, click the Publish & Reserve button [3]. When you publish and reserve an item, you can delete it in your personal item bank, and admins can view and delete the item in the district teacher item bank.

To delete the question and return to the Create New Item page, click the Go Back button [4].