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Teaching Writing With Rubrics
Practical Strategies and Lesson Plans for Grades 2-8


Courses:
Literacy

March 2004 | 200 pages | Corwin

"What a gift! I used your book from the first day. Using your guidelines, I am now developing my own units and rubrics."
Rebecca Kennerly, Student, Resident Teacher Program
University of New Mexico

Take the guesswork out of writing instruction and assessment!

The step-by-step instructions, scheduling guidelines, lesson plans, rubric assessments, and reproducible forms in this guide are the result of years of research, planning, and fine-tuning in the classroom. Inspiring student creativity while addressing standards and meeting the needs of every student has never been so easy!

Special features include:

  • Step-by-step instructions on how to set up a classroom writing program
  • Eleven comprehensive, classroom-tested lesson plans
  • Methods for adapting rubrics for high school students, gifted students, English Language Learners, and students with learning disabilities
  • Strategies for evaluating every step of the writing process, from pre-writing to final draft
  • How to incorporate Six Trait Writing

Discover the excellent writing your students can produce when provided with a rubric and challenged to do their best! Once you have used the strategies and materials in this guide, you may wonder how you ever got along without them!


 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Getting Started
 
1. About Rubrics
What Is a Rubric?  
How We Used Rubrics In Our Writing Program  
Why Use Rubrics?  
 
2. Setting up Your Classroom Writing Program
Structuring Your Program to Teach Students about Time Management
and Organization
Structuring Your Program to Teach Students about Time Management
and Organization
Structuring Your Program to Teach Students about Time Management and Organization
 
Supply List  
How to Have Students Set up Their Composition Books  
Using the Writing Process  
What to Do With Students Who Finish Early or Late  
Recommended Instruction On Outlining, Summarizing, and Using the Writing Process: Incorporating Six Trait Writing  
Setting up Your Grade Book  
 
3. How to Use This Book
Teacher Instruction for Each Rubric  
Student Examples  
Writing Rubric  
Supplementary Handouts  
Grading Rubrics  
 
Part II. Writing Rubrics and Handouts
 
4. Autobiography (autobiographical)
Teacher Instruction for Autobiography Rubric  
Student Examples  
Autobiography Rubric  
Autobiography Pre-writing Guide  
Autobiography Rough Draft Grading Rubric  
Autobiography Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric  
 
5. Biography (biographical)
Teacher Instruction for Biography  
Biography Rubric  
Biography Pre-writing Guide  
What is a Ven Diagram  
Biography Rough Draft Grading Rubric  
Biography Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric  
 
6. Persuasive Essay (persuasive)
Teacher Instruction for Essay Rubric  
Student Examples  
Persuasive Essay Rubric  
Persuasive Essay Sample Pre-write: Outline Form  
Persuasive Essay Sample Pre-write: Cluster Form  
Persuasive Essay Rough Draft and Grading Rubric  
Persuasive Essay Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric  
 
7. Research Paper (expository)
Teacher Instruction for Research Paper Rubric  
Student Examples  
Research Paper Rubric  
Topic List  
Sample Bibliography Cards  
Sample Bibliography Page  
Sample Note Card Format  
Outline Example  
Research Paper Rough Draft Grading Rubric  
Research Paper Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric  
 
8. News Article (expository)
Teacher Instruction for News Article Rubric  
News Article Rubric  
Parts of a News Article  
Topic List  
News Article Rough Draft Grading Rubric  
News Article Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric  
 
9. Legend (narrative)
Teacher Instruction for Legend Rubric  
Student Examples  
Legend Rubric  
Legend Rough Draft Grading Rubric  
Legend Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric  
 
10. Fairy Tale (narrative)
Teacher Instruction for Fairy Tale Rubric  
Student Examples  
Fairy Tale Rubric  
Fairy Tale Rough Draft Grading Rubric  
Fairy Tale Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric  
 
11. Science Fiction (narrative)
Teacher Instruction for Science Fiction Rubric  
Science Fiction Rubric  
Science Fiction Rough Draft Grading Rubric  
Science Fiction Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric  
 
12. Narrative (narrative)
Teacher Instruction for Narrative Rubric  
Student Examples  
Narrative Rubric  
Narrative Rough Draft Grading Rubric  
Narrative Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric  
 
13. Family Tradition (autobiographical/narrative/descriptive)
Teacher Instruction for Family Tradition Rubric  
Family Tradition Writing Rubric  
Family Tradition Rough Draft Grading Rubric  
Family Tradition Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric  
 
14. Personal Experience (autobiographical/narrative/descriptive)
Teacher Instruction for Personal Experience Rubric  
Student Examples  
Personal Experience Writing Rubric  
Personal Experience Rough Draft Grading Rubric  
Personal Experience Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric  
 
Part III. Creating & Adapting Your Own Rubrics
 
15. How to Create Your Own Rubrics
 
16. Adapting Our Program Across Ability Levels
High School  
Special Education  
ESL Students  
Gifted Programs  
 
Resources
 
Resource A: Teacher Reproducible Pages for Composition Books
Composition Book Guidelines and "Skills I Have Learned" List  
Proofreading Marks and Editing Checklist  
Table of Contents  
Teacher's Copy of "Skills _____ Has Learned" List  
 
Resource B: Teacher Resources
For Assignment Books  
For ASAP Time  
For Book Making Ideas  
For More Information on the Writing Process  
 
Bibliography
 
Index

What a gift! I used your book from the first day. Using your guidelines, I am now developing my own units and rubrics.

Rebecca Kennerly, Student, Resident Teacher Program
University of New Mexico
Key features
  • Eleven different ready-to-use classroom-tested writing rubrics/assignments, from research paper to fairy tale.
  • All rubrics are the result of the authors' active research, planning, and experimenting in the classroom.
  • Each chapter opens with a suggested timeline for completion of each writing project, from introduction to rough draft, to final draft/presentation.
  • Each chapter is divided into four sections: 1. Teacher Instruction for Each Rubric; 2. Writing Rubric(s); 3. Supplementary Handouts; and 4. Rough Draft and Final Draft/Presentation Grading Rubrics.
  • Numerous reproducibles.
  • Strategies to adapt assignments for high school students, learning disabled students, ESL students, and gifted students (i.e. differentiation).
  • Strategies to adapt rubrics so they suit your particular state or district's standards (current rubrics are already aligned with national writing standards).

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Lisa O'Riley

Preface

Chapter 1: Rubrics


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