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ERIC Number: ED040215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct
Pages: 6
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On Snarls and Straighteners.
Millett, Nancy C.
Illinois English Bulletin, v57 n1 p13-18 Oct 1969
Inconsistent grading can be frustrating for students and embarrassing for teachers. To make grades more intelligible and systematic, a standard evaluation form such as the Diederich Scale can be valuable. Such a scale increases the teacher's responsibility and forces him (1) to define the meaning of the terms on the scale; (2) to define standards from "failure" to "excellent" for each item; (3) to evaluate the paper thoroughly; (4) to state the evaluation criteria; (5) to permit the student to revise the paper in response to concrete suggestions; (6) to judge the revision by the same standards as the original; (7) to given tangible and understandable rewards for revision; (8) to rank the importance of the items on the scale; (9) to correlate teaching emphasis with evaluation criteria; and (10) to teach aspects of style. Teachers may want to adapt standard scales to their individual teaching situations and to further differentiate and define the criteria, but a clearly understood grading scale can clarify the rules of the composition game for both teachers and students and lead to better cooperation and understanding. (LH)
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Authoring Institution: Illinois Association of Teachers of English, Urbana.