We’ve all spent hours and hours assessing students’ writing, correcting mechanical errors, writing rules in margins, commenting on content development, drawing stars and smileys over good points or scribbling question marks over kids’ content fails.
It is so frustrating to return an essay with feedback, only to have the student shove it in his folder unread.
There’s also the issue of assigning revisions requiring us to read the same (oftentimes bad) essay again, marking the same errors.
The resources in this bundle are designed so that students must acknowledge our corrections and suggestions and improve on their writing, resulting in a truly revised revision.
Three of the resources were created with Word so you can edit them to fit your class or a specific writing activity.
If you like you could also provide a digital file to students.
The first resource is titled “Personalized Writing Checklist.”
There is a chart at the top detailing the domains of writing: content, organization, mechanics, MLA formatting.
Under each domain are bulleted subtopics that are assessed.
For example under content:
• clear thesis
• addresses all parts of the prompt
• developed with quotes and analysis
• information supports the thesis
• information is not plot summary
• clear transitions
The directions for this activity say, “Identify your weaknesses in this essay.
List errors and corrections on the chart.
Use this chart as a checklist when you edit your future essays.
What follows is a chart separated into the domains where students can organize their weaknesses and correct specific errors.
You can customize the activity to focus on specific errors of the entire class, an individual student, or of a particular assignment.
The second resource is titled “Grasping and Growing from Feedback.”
The directions for this activity instruct kids to read their essays and teacher feedback, and using multiple colors of highlighters, highlight teacher comments and the corresponding error with the same color.
Circle all positive feedback.
What follows is a chart that is divided with these headings:
Comment, Error, Correction or Question.
Students write the teacher comment, then the error, then correct the error or question how to correct the error.
Again, you can customize this activity and change the focus if you wish.
Another resource that I include, which is actually fun to read, is the “Revision Letter.”
This activity is especially effective if students are making careless mistakes or repeated mistakes, breaking rules that you’re sure they know.
This assignment has students examine their returned essays and compose a letter to themselves praising and chastising themselves for their successes and failures in the assignment.
This is also a customizable resource.
Finally, there is the “Mid-Year Writing Self-Reflection Letter.”
This is a great activity because it also includes parents.
Students “plunge into their folders” and look at all of the writing they have done so far in the class.
Once again, they praise and reprove themselves, but this time focusing on progress.
Afterwards directions suggest that they share their work and letter with their parents, so they too can acknowledge their child’s progress.
I often get some interesting and productive comments from both students and parents that help me revise prompts, focus on specific weakness of the entire class, and just become more aware of the challenges and weakness of my writing curriculum that I would not have realized without their feedback.
Another benefit of assigning these activities is that I have become more vigilant with my feedback.
Because I know that the students will have to write my comment and complete a task, I am clearer with my comments.
I have been teaching for over 30 years, and it’s true; you never stop learning.
Thank you for your consideration of this product. Enjoy!