Involving students in the development of quality indicators for written work
Students understand the assessment process—and become more proficient and motivated writers—when they participate in the development of assessment criteria for classroom writing projects. The Assessment Templates contain examples of student-generated rubrics (scoring guides) for genre studies in editorials and memoirs. These scoring guides were created after the students had begun the unit, and were a collaborative effort between teachers and students.
Special Considerations for Genre-Based Writing Rubrics
- The rubric is designed for student self-assessment, and it can also be used by the teacher for formative and summative evaluation of student learning during a unit of study in Writers’ Workshop.
- Assessment of student writing is based not only on the quality of the final product, but also on the student’s ability to effectively utilize the writing process to revise, craft, and edit a piece of writing (note final category in each checklist).
- Some of the assessment criteria are specific to the genre being studied.
- The scoring criteria are worded in a way that students understand, and directly relate to the focus lessons of this particular unit of study.