Anne Bradstreet : Jonathan Edwards : Essays with Quick Grading
Students will read Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards and write follow-up essays.
After reading Anne Bradstreet’s poetry and after studying the searing “Sinners” sermon of Jonathan Edwards, students need to demonstrate their understanding of these authors and their texts. One way is to test or quiz them, but using a writing assignment like this allows students to create their own texts based on their own in-depth analysis.
For this assignment, students will write two rough drafts, submit them for feedback, and then choose one to finalize. While each assignment is different, they are approximately equal in difficulty and length—a nice feature for both you, the teacher, and the students who will be making the selection of which to revise, edit, and submit as a final draft.
The rough draft rubrics are meant to give feedback and do not have a point-driven grading scale attached; however, you could assign points if you would prefer to do that.
What students do:
After teaching Anne Bradstreet (any of her poems and her biography), distribute the Anne Bradstreet assignment. Allow two days for completion of a rough draft. (I usually provide some initial in-class writing time to allow students to get focused, ask questions, actually start the assignment, and then students complete the assignment on their own.)
In the mean time, teach Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”, and distribute the Edwards assignment, also allowing two days for completion.
What you will do:
Rough Drafts: Only 2 minutes per draft! Read rough drafts, circle Yes/No on the rubric and provide feedback if necessary.
Final Drafts: ONLY 3 minutes per draft! With the rough draft and the rubric in front of you, grade the final draft looking for the inclusion of each of the Expected Elements and revisions to what you had indicated needed attention in the rough drafts. You can easily see if you had previously provided feedback on the rough draft and that whether or not that area of concern was addressed in the final draft, making grading the final draft so much easier than if you 1. were doing this without the rough draft present or 2. if there had not been a rough draft submitted for your feedback in the first place.
Try this method on these drafts and you’ll likely find yourself using it on nearly every other type of writing you teach!