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ERIC Number: ED186945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
What If the Kids Did It?
Clifton, Linda J.
Students in eleventh grade composition classes in an Ephrata, Washington, high school work in groups to evaluate each other's papers, enabling teachers to handle many more papers in much less time than usual and developing students' writing and evaluatory skills. The sequence used for each course assignment is as follows: (1) The class reads and discusses samples of the kind of writing being assigned. (2) Students work on rough drafts. (3) The class discusses evaluation criteria and builds a rating sheet. (4) Students prepare final drafts. (5) Working in small groups, students read the finished papers and decide how to rate them; they write comments and explanations of their assessments on the papers. The teacher circulates to provide help as needed. (6) The teacher approves and records the assigned points, returning papers to the groups for reevaluation if it seems necessary. (7) Students are given their papers back the next day; papers with disputed grades are returned to the groups for reevaluation. This technique helps students understand how they will be judged, shows them the many ways readers can respond to their writing, and points up the many ways writers respond to a single assignment. (The paper includes charts describing the high school language arts curriculum and its composition strand, a description of the course assignment sequence, and an outline of a typical week's course work.) (GT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northwest Regional Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English (Portland, OR, April 10-12, 1980).