Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Rubrics for Writing Assessment

One of my favorite tools for assessing writing is a rubric.  The above writing check list hangs in our classroom, and students have a smaller copy in their Writer's Notebooks.  I use this as the framework for our writing rubrics, making adjustments depending on the project.  This checklist covers all the points that I feel are most important.

This week I am holding writing conferences and students are using a rubric to self assess their writing on our December Writing project.  Our writing project is a collection of the pieces we wrote during the month.  While rubrics work well for me, I like them even better when students are using them to think about their own work.  Students are usually much tougher on themselves than I am.   More important, it nudges them to really study their writing.

It may seem wordy and sometimes I do simplify them to just cover the main chategories, Capitalization, Organization, Punctuation, Spelling, Sentence Structure.  Other times kids need to have things spelled out explicitly.

I am always on the lookout for a better tool. How do you assess student writing?  What is your favorite assessment tool?

1 comment:

  1. Very nicely done. I like that rubric.May I "borrow" it? Thanks.