ERIC Number: ED176275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Guide to Evaluating Students' Writing.
Smelstor, Marjorie, Ed.
One of a series of guides to the teaching of writing at the elementary and secondary levels, this publication describes methods used in the evaluation of students' writing. Two brief introductory sections present quotations from educators that stress the value of positive evaluative comments. The third section describes procedures, advantages, and disadvantages of 11 major evaluation methods: traditional evaluation using correction symbols and letter grades, evaluation of mechanics and form, measurement of intellectual processes in writing, teacher/student conferences, peer evaluation, self-evaluation, holistic evaluation, all-staff grading, public evaluation (by an audience beyond the classroom), T-unit evaluation, and computer analysis. A fourth section describes three types of holistic evaluation scales--an analytic scale, a dichotomous scale, and a scale for assessing personal narrative writing--and presents a chart for recording mechanical errors, a composition rating scale, questions to consider in evaluating writing, and a grading guide. The final section suggests evaluation time savers, methods for creative correcting, and various evaluation gimmicks. The publication includes a list of resources for teachers. (GT)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Dept. of English.; Wisconsin Univ., Madison. School of Education.; Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Univ. Extension.