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

Assessment Tools to Guide Revision Conferences: Middle School Example

Editorial Chart for Informational/Argument Writing

In this example, a teacher uses an editorial rubric, as an extension to a criteria chart, for annotation and assessment of her 7th-grade students’ writing. First, download Learning from Student Work in Middle School and take a look at the assessment tools on the first and second pages. This assessment tool blends aspects of trait rubrics and criteria charts.

What is the tool for?  In what context is it used?

The first page of Learning from Student Work in Middle School contains a criteria tool developed with and for students that links features of the genre to the writing assignment. This page details what the students need to attend to when they write, as well as specific content that students need to include in their editorials. This information can be used as a formative assessment for progress on student rough drafts.

The second page contains a traits rubric specifically developed by the school to assess the writing of editorials. This rubric is used to evaluate the final draft.

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 lesson example below works best for grades 6–12 informative/explanatory writing, but provides teachers in lower grades a good example of how to link criteria charts to writing rubrics, connecting genre features and the Common Core writing standards.

Grade 7 Example

Time to Read

In the lesson example, the teacher chooses to assess her students' writing at the revision stage and again after the final draft is written. To mirror her steps, complete the following:

  1. Read the two student drafts and compare them to what they were asked to attend to and to the traits rubric that was used to assess their final drafts.
  2. Read how the teacher’s assessment of the drafts will guide the revision conferences she will hold with each student.

Note that for teachers and students, assessment information is most helpful during the process rather than at the end.

Time to Try

Compare the language used to describe genre features to the 7th grade CCSS Writing Standards for argument and informative writing.

Grade 7 Argument

Grade 7 Informative/Explanatory