ERIC Number: ED366989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing Editorials: An Instrument To Aid in the Task.
Two kinds of instruments, atomistic versus holistic, offer different approaches to the grading of writing. This paper briefly discusses the pros and cons of these two philosophies of grading. In addition, the paper presents a holistic, primary-trait scoring instrument that has been used successfully to judge editorials by breaking down the analysis into three essential components: claims, data, and warrants. The paper concludes that using this primary-trait instrument aids journalism teachers not only in pinpointing weaknesses in editorials but also in designing remedial solutions for students. Criteria for judging quality of claims, data, and warrants; two student-written editorials, are attached. (Contains 15 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing Contexts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).