Reflection: Essay Writing Showcase - Section 2: Showcase


To assess each student's work on the final written piece, I use three different methods. First, I ask students to self-assess their own work. Then, I assess student work based on the rubric.  Finally, I use the six-traits of writing to assess the writing skill evident in each student's work. For self- assessment, I provide a copy of the rubric to each student. I ask students to highlight the score that best matches their work. I then use the same rubric to assess student work. Typically, my scores and the students' self-assessment scores are very closely aligned. Where they are not, I meet with students to discuss the scores and determine a fair final score. Because this written work is cross-curricular, I also assess each piece using a six-trait writing rubric developed by my school district.  

  Essay Writing: Self-Assessment
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Unit 9: Dams and Hydroelectricity
Lesson 12 of 12

Objective: SWBAT share their findings and respond to the findings of others using speaking and listening skills.

Big Idea: Students share their position papers on dams in the stream. Students respond to the arguments of others.

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