Reflection: Essay Writing Synthesis Essay: "The Taming of the Shrew" - Section 1: Teacher to Teacher: Lesson Context and Time Frame


Rubrics exclude rather than include. Rubrics create standardized writing rather than authentic writing with original voice. Rubrics are formulaic rather than original. I don't use rubrics. I have tried to use them from time to time. I don't like them. Maja Wilson articulates some of the problems with rubrics as she discusses her excellent book Rethinking Rubrics in Writing Assessment: 

When students must assess and revise their own writing, teachers can compare these subsequent revisions and use them to help students improve their writing. In contrast, the reductive nature of rubrics turns writing into the equivalent of a bubble sheet test. One need look no further than the trend toward scoring essays by machines to see this at work. 

I am of a generation that was taught w/out rubrics and that entered the teaching profession before rubrics became vogue. In my case, I'm happy to be the old dog who won't fetch the rubric stick. 

  So 'Ya Think You Need a Grading Rubric, eh?
  Essay Writing: So 'Ya Think You Need a Grading Rubric, eh?
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Synthesis Essay: "The Taming of the Shrew"

Unit 9: "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare: Unmasking a Troubling Text
Lesson 16 of 16

Objective: SWBAT synthesize their learning into an argumentative essay that articulates their position on an essential question raised in "The Taming of the Shrew."

Big Idea: A synthesis essay based on primary texts empowers students' writing in substantive ways.

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English / Language Arts, drafting (Writing Process), The Taming of the Shrew, essay writing, Thesis Generator, Google Drive, Folger Digital Texts
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