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ERIC Number: ED254856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating the Evaluator.
Jolly, Peggy B.
Crucial to the success of a writing program are the writing instructor's perception of and response to the quality of student writing. There are three areas to be considered: students' grades, students' writing, and the instructor's comments. Unfortunately, disparity in these areas often gives contradictory indications about the instructor's ability to teach and evaluate writing. The majority of writing instructors act out of ignorance. They simply do not know how to evaluate a piece of writing. Consequently, they need to be taught to play the role of both reader and critic. By approaching a piece of writing in this role, they will then have a basis for making objective and sensible comments to the students. Concentration should be given to the areas of content, organization, grammar, and mechanics. The stress placed on these individual areas emphasizes the need to consider the paper as an entire unit that works together to produce an effect on the reader. Comments on first drafts should be sparing and directed toward content and structure. Additional detail, thorough development, and consistency in grammar and mechanics can be elicited through questions. As readers, the instructors can ask for clarification so that the writer will not be misunderstood. Once instructors become aware of the areas to look for in determining the quality of a paper and become comfortable with the role of reader and critic, they can grade papers with confidence. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; 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 Conference on College Composition and Communication (36th, Minneapolis, MN, March 21-23, 1985).