I have created a grading form for each type of writing (opinion, informational, and narrative) that we teach in second grade. There are two forms on each page.
I made these forms to help me grade writing assignments quickly without marking up the writing of my students. It is hard enough to get them to write and rewrite. I do not want to discourage them. However, at my school, we use a rubric to grade writing pieces. I needed something I could make notes on and look at to determine the overall grade. The large rubric that we have is an entire page and too wordy to send home to parents.
I staple one sheet to the front of a writing piece and make checkmarks when I see an area that is included correctly. I put an X next to areas that are not present or are not developed entirely. I can easily see strong and weak areas of individuals as well as the class.
I also added some grammar skills that are ongoing throughout the year. Sentence formation and expansion seem to be difficult for a lot of my students. We are also expected to check spelling in context so spelling is included. Personally, my students are responsible for word wall words and patterns as well as some sight words we have studied.
As a class, we create a poster of what goes into each type of writing. It serves as a checklist for students when they are revising and editing their pieces. These grading forms correspond to our class checklist.
Grading in this manner has been new to me, and I teach two sections of writing to 50 second graders. It is very hard to keep up with every student and report progress to parents. I have found that parents seem to understand the wording on the grade sheet and it has been a helpful tool to send home. I left a area for writing comments as well. I tried to make them broad enough to be used throughout the year.
My grade partner and I use these and have found them to be very helpful. I hope you do as well.