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Unit 3: Learning From Students’ Work and Teachers’ Lessons

3.1.2 Assessing and Annotating Student Work to Inform Instruction

Think for a moment about the assessment tools you have used in your classroom or with school or district colleagues. Those tools probably include rubric and scoring guides, and most of your experience in using them may be for evaluating or scoring benchmark writing. When used by teachers and students to improve teaching and learning — both during the process of writing and at the end of a writing lesson — these assessment tools are even more effective.

Let’s take a look at three possible assessment tools and how teachers are using them to inform instruction by focusing on the following questions:

  1. What is the assessment tool for? In what context is it used?
  2. How can teachers use the tool to gather and annotate information about students meeting the Common Core writing text types and purposes standards and also using genre-specific writing features and language?

The assessment tools that follow are easily adaptable across grades, but only one grade-level example is provided per tool.