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How do I grade student writing?

Writing Prompts

Prompts may be used to generate discussion postings, a graded essay, or a research paper. It is worth practicing writing prompts as good ones take time to develop but yield better student responses.

Writing Rubrics

A rubric sets the standard, or criteria, for what you are measuring. Good rubrics make grading easier!

  • A rubric must reflect your assignment prompt. Make sure you are truly evaluating what you ask students to do.
  • Clarify your criteria, which form a natural rating scale. Evaluate each criterion separately.
  • Generally speaking, repeat assignments (postings) call for shorter rubrics. High stakes assignments such as research papers, require lengthier rubrics.
  • It's good practice to share your rubrics with students so they know how they will be graded.

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