Category Archive: rubric

Reimagining Writing Assessment: A Reflection + Giveaway

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In the opening pages of Maja Wilson’s book, REIMAGINING WRITING ASSESSMENT, Thomas Newkirk gets the ball rolling with this statement, “Rubrics regularly fail to offer help to a writer because they focus on what writing has (features) not what writing does (effect).” Today I’m sharing my reflections as well as offering a giveaway to one lucky reader.

Looking at Student Writing

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Comparing two writing samples may be as effective as scoring using a rubric

Rubric Creation for “This I Believe” Essays

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I was at the computer this morning when my students created a pretty basic rubric for their final unit of study’s essays. The following is what they created. They’ll use it to self-assess… Continue reading

A New Writer’s Notebook Rubric

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Sometimes you have to let go of the reigns and allow your students to lead you, right.  Well, I’m preparing to do just that tomorrow when I work with my students, during Writing… Continue reading

A Couple “Techy” Rubrics

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Earlier this week, I posted about the process of determining how to attach grades to chats and discussion forums.  Before break, my students divided into two groups and determined the areas which should… Continue reading

Rubric: Memoir Unit of Study

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When I woke up this morning, I realized I never created an assessment rubric for memoir! My first thought was :How could I forget to do that!??! My second thought was: The Publishing… Continue reading

Literary Essay Rubric

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I was debating whether or not I should create a Literary Essay Rubric before I got to work this morning or once I was there. I opted for creating it at home and… Continue reading

Short Fiction Rubric

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I finally sat down and created a short fiction rubric for the picture books my students are going to “publish” this-coming week. If you’re in the market for a rubric that provides space… Continue reading

Persuasive Letter Writing Rubric

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A few folks have left comments asking for resources for teaching persuasive letter writing. I promised to post the rubric I created once it was finished. It’s now complete and can be downloaded… Continue reading

Personal Essay Rubric

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Using the rubric I created for the personal narrative unit of study as a skeleton, I created a personal essay rubric a few days ago. I tweaked it with Kate yesterday afternoon and… Continue reading

Mathematical Rubric Writing

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Today my kids and I co-authored a rubric for the math project they’re working on. While I wanted 4, 3, 2, and 1 for the scoring, three-quarters of them stated they wanted it… Continue reading

Updated Rubric and Checklist for Personal Narratives

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Even though the folks who commented on it said it was okay the way it was, I wasn’t happy with the rubric/checklist I created for my students to use for the personal narrative… Continue reading

Feedback Request

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Checklist and Rubric Originally uploaded by teachergal I met with my grade-level colleagues today who, as always, push my thinking. Kate suggested creating a more kid-friendly rubric for the students to use on… Continue reading

Rubrics

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Have you heard of RubiStar4Teachers? It’s a free website that allows teachers to customize pre-fab rubrics or create their own. Once you’ve finished your masterpiece (er, rubric), you can either save it online,… Continue reading

Working Lunch: Checking Writer’s Notebooks

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It’s October and that means that it’s time for me to start checking my students’ writer’s notebooks once/week. Today was the first day of it. (I’m using the rubric I used last year,… Continue reading