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KSgirl 07-16-2009 05:35 AM

How to grade writing
I need help- 2nd year teacher. I never really "learned" how to grade writing. What I did last year was made writing specific rubrics, reviewed them with the students prior to the writing assignment, gave each student a copy, and then graded off of that.

Unfortunately, my school schedule doesn't really allow for a ww format- I feel like my students aren't always getting authentic writing time, however, I am planning on having more experiences this year for that- where there are more options.

Anyhow, is this how you usually grade writing? Thanks!

melzteach 07-16-2009 10:59 AM

Writing Assessment
I try to incorporate some type of WW format into my schedule every year, some years it is more difficult than others.

I use a rubrics to grade my students writing assignments, as well. You could do a series of mini lessons going over each component of the rubric. That way students aren't too overwhelmed while writing their pieces; they can focus on one element at a time.

What grade do you teach? How much time do you think you'll be able to devote to teaching writing?

luv2cook 07-16-2009 11:15 AM

We use a rubric and have found that co-grading also is a big help. If you have another teacher at your grade level it's helpful to sit down and alternate between his/her students and yours. I think it keeps things on the up and up and prevents some biases -unintentional - from creeping in as you grade.

Dr Seuss fan 07-16-2009 11:32 AM

I use rubrics that are specific to that writing style. I teach 6th grade, so I hold them accountable for some things automatically. For instance, when we write personal narratives at the beginning of the year, I hold them accountable for caps/end marks, complete sentences (subject and verb), 5-8 sentences per paragraph, time order words, indenting, and having a cluster, a rough draft, and a final draft. All of those elements would expected. I don't count off for spelling because we are still learning...

KSgirl 07-16-2009 12:36 PM

I teach
5th grade. My total Lang. Arts time is 90 minutes daily. I outlined the year- planning 1 major writing project a month, which isn't nearly enough (meaning I would LOVE to do ww, but lack time- we are departmentalized) so I really have 1 week a month. I wish that I could incorporate writing daily, but I just don't see how it could work. Our school is really focused on guided reading - we have to use much of the time for small groups.

Thanks for your input. How do you work out your schedule so that you get writing in often?

mimi6 07-16-2009 12:40 PM

Struggling Too
We only have 60 minutes for reading and writing so it's a struggle every day...I always feel like I'm cheating one or the other:confused:

Nu Teacher 08-06-2009 05:31 PM

Writing rubric
Does anyone have an example of a 6th grade writing rubric that I could look at? I'm new to 6th and I'm not sure where they should be.

melzteach 08-06-2009 08:21 PM

I found this site earlier today...what a find!

silpada girl 08-08-2009 04:42 AM

any chance you have your outline on line for writing projects on line. I would love to see what other 5th grade teachers do for writing

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