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Old 12-03-2011, 04:11 PM
 
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How do you all grade writing assignments when most of the kids really can't spell without you sitting with them, or but a complete thought on the paper? Since it's a sped class all kids are on different levels. Some can write their own sentences, some have their own ideas yet need help getting it on paper, some (the autistic ones) keep the same format ( I buy hotdogs I buy sandwiches, I buy........) They can fill the entire paper like this. I keep wondering if I am expecting too much or too little. They all have come a long way. Most are functioning at the K level but are in third grade. I've been teaching sped for over 20 years, yet still struggle with grading writing assignments.


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Struggle with this too!
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I would LOVE others opinions. This is really tough for me. For my kids to get a complete, decent writing assignment, I basically assist them through the whole thing. But how do I grade that? I need some language arts grades that aren't just spelling tests though.
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I know what you mean but because this is the way it is in my class too. I have 12 typical kids and 5 autistic kids. A couple of the ASD kids are high functioning and some of the typical kids are low functioning however, they are all held to the same standards. They all ultimately have to take the SAME 3rd grade state test and ultimately if they get a 1, they will be held over regardless of promotion criteria. Altho they have promotion criteria, we are not allowed to give them less than 60% modified prom..and that comes out to approx a 52% on the test which in NYS is a level 2..good enough to be promoted to the next grade. (am I making sense?) I happen to agree with the 60% prom criteria by the way.
So back to your question..yes, I give my kids prompts and modify the best I can to get them to be as independent as possible. Soemtimes some can not do it at all and I will allow them to dictate to me but they can not receive a 3 if they are getting so much teacher support. Maybe a 2 but they can't get the same grade as a child who worked independently. I give them modified rubrics, sentence frames, what ever mods they may need in order for them to do it independently.
I totally hear where you're coming from. IT's hard and I struggle with this too.
On the most recent report card, I had a typical girl's father threaten to put her in a different school because she got 1's in mechanics for writing. The child can not spell ANYTHING AT ALL. I'm reading gibberish. She knows what she wants to say but can't encode. I could not give her a 2 or even a 3 it is so bad, so she's now in my Wilson group. Not sure if I answered your question, but you're not alone.
PS, Every time I write a rubric, I also write a modified one for those that may need it. If I have one for the unit you're doing, Id be happy to share. Let me know.
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I'd love if you could share the rubrics you use for any unit. My kids aren't on alternate assessment and will all take the regular 3rd grade state/district testing. I have one student who NEEDS to be on alternate assessment but mom won't agree to it. I feel so bad constantly trying to make him do what the other kids do and grade him like them when he just cannot do it. I feel like I'm in such a predicament here. My principal wants the kids in my class to get C's on their report cards. If I teach them and assess them on THEIR level, they are usually successful with B's or A's. I hate giving them harder stuff just to bring their grade down. But I have been doing it.
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Ang..I get what you're saying but they can NOT get a's and b's if they're not meeting the grade level standards. I realize that maybe you want them to write 1 para instead of 3 like the rest of the class who are on grade level, and then when they do it, they've been successful, but you have to remember they're being sucessful at a 1st grade level, not third and what happens when the state test comes and they fail..Parents will say, "they've been getting a and b all year, what happened?" It's not that you're giving harder stuff to bring down their grade, you are expecting them to meet the standards which they HAVE to. You can't "dummy down" work. It's not fair to anyone and they'll fail the state test anyway. Yes, you can modify and support but not dummy down.
I'll attach rubrics


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this is essay graphic organizer with structure
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:08 AM
 
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modified personal narrative rubric
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heres another one..they're more like checklists but all this is on the rubric
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Old 12-04-2011, 07:13 AM
 
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Response to lit checklist/rubric
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THanks for the support!


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Old 12-04-2011, 06:20 PM
 
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Mom23kids - How do you grade these rubrics? I like how they're set up as a checklist but I'm curious about how many points you take off for things. How does the grading compare to the gen ed kids?
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:31 PM
 
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Great rubrics
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:48 PM
 
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The checklist, which is pretty much what it is, has everything on it that the rubric has. So, when I grade it, I am looking at the rubric that the rest of my class has. I use the regular rubric as MY guide and some of the lower functioning kids use the "checklist" (rubric) as their guide because it's just easier format for them. If they forget to punctuate, then it's part of mechanics which is on the reg rubric. Let me attach the regular rubric and then a modified one for the same writing piece..

This is the regular rubric
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This is the modified rubric
Old 12-05-2011, 04:50 PM
 
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Modified rubric for realistic fiction

It's not perfect, but it works for my kids who find a regular rubric too overwhelming and need it made simpler.
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:00 PM
 
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Here is one I used a few years ago
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:03 PM
 
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Here is a different one. I think I used this more often and changed it to meet the assignment. I think I also changed the number of spelling errors etc allowed for different students
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KC14, I really like the one with the rough draft and final copy. I am trying to get my students to write a sentence with minimal to no support from me. Some have good ideas for stories but they simply can't get it on paper. Some have difficulty with the whole creative thing. (Part of the autism I guess )
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Thank you!
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These rubrics are fabulous I love the idea of checklists for the students. And I love the rubric that includes how much assistance the students received. I definitely need to improve in this area as far as my instruction and grading I'm going to really think about this over Christmas and figure out a better plan. Thank you for sharing!
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I used mine 7 or 8 years ago when I taught 5th grade with levels that ranged from K-3. They can easily be altered to match the students needs or abilities. Good Luck!
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Old 12-06-2011, 03:18 AM
 
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These rubrics look great, thanks!
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Thank you for sharing the rubrics.
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