Reflection: Standards Alignment Using Feedback to Revise & Edit Your Work - Section 1: Starter


I remember it well.  The anticipation, and fear, of getting a paper back from a teacher was a dramatic moment in school.  I would look at the grade, usually a B+ or A-, and the questions would begin.  What's the difference between a B+ and an A-?  What could I have done to make it better?  Did she give me the B+ because I'm fat? (That may be a little too much personal projection, but being a teenager sucks, remember?)

No longer do students have to wonder why they earned a particular grade on their writing.  Rubrics keep them from wondering, and they keep us from being biased when we grade.  Aside from my killer pink, purple, and turquoise gel pens, rubrics are my favorite teacher tool. There are so many ways to use rubrics to teach and assess students using a matrix rubric.

In this unit, I presented the grading rubric to my students during the revision stage of writing.  The value here is showing students how using our detailed outlining process creates a "very effective" essay.  Spending time at the beginning of this lesson to go over what makes an essay "very effective" and then talking about how we addressed that particular issue through outlining shows students the importance of organizing your thoughts before you begin to draft.

There have been times in the past when I have started our writing project (or any project, for that matter) with the rubric.  It goes hand in hand with the presentation of the assignment.  Giving students a rubric to look at and use to evaluate their own work (or that of a peer... so many ways to use rubrics!) allows them to know and understand exactly what is expected of them on an assignment.


  Scaffolding with Outlines and Rubrics
  Standards Alignment: Scaffolding with Outlines and Rubrics
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Using Feedback to Revise & Edit Your Work

Unit 10: A Literary Analysis of Tom Sawyer
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: SWBAT strengthen their writing based on peer feedback.

Big Idea: Making your writing even better!

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