Writing excellent report card comments as a middle school language arts teacher can be a struggle and a challenge, especially for teachers who do not enjoy writing. Language arts is definitely a complex subject in which to report progress. It includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. I have spent hours and hours over 25 years developing and refining clear and thoughtful report card comments. It is necessary to reflect student progress and give feedback to middle school parents.
This is a set of trimester ending comments for sixth grade language arts classes that total 63 varied students, including ESL, weak students, average students, and gifted students. It covers their reading, writing, and other language arts skills as well as attitude and effort. There are 10,800 words of comments in this massive and useful document, and I know you will find some nuggets that you can pull and apply to your own students. Tweak, cut and paste, and borrow from my examples for your students as you write your own comments. Why re-invent the wheel?
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