I really struggle with grading the essays my children produce. Personally, I find it to be a very daunting task to teach high school writing, especially if you have a reluctant writer in your household as I do. I was very excited to receive 21 Grading Grids for Popular High School Essays and a Position Paper from Writing with Sharon Watson to review. I received a digital copy that I printed off and placed in a binder with my son's writing materials. I can print off more grids as needed.
- Opinion Essay
- Persuasive Essay with Thesis Statement
- Persuasive Essay: Specific Audience
- Persuasive Essay: Moral/Ethical Essay or Letter
- Emotional Appeal Essay
- Emotional Appeal Speech
- How-to or Process Essay
- Position Paper
- Hard News Article
- Feature News Article
- Compare and Contrast Essay
- Literary Analysis of The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
- Literary Analysis of a Classic
- Definition Essay
- Description Essay on a Person of Influence
- Personal Testimony
- Interview into Narrative Essay
- Personal Narrative Essay
I am so impressed with how many types of grading grids were provided to help me enhance my children's writing. The grids were originally intended to go with Sharon Watson's writing program, The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School -- 2nd Edition. However, they could work for any writing program including one that is made up by the teacher. I found that using the grid for a draft paper and a final paper allowed the child to see his/her grade improving. This is encouraging to the child.
Each question on the content part of the grid gives the teacher the opportunity to give points from 1-5 or 1-10 depending on how well the child did that part of the essay. The grammar part of the grid grades spelling, punctuation, capitalization, paragraphs, paper handed in on time and following instructions. The points for the grammar part are 1-25 for each section.
I think these grading grids are a useful tool to teachers. They make the process of grading painless. Also, they are helpful to students. They allow students to have a constant visual reminder of what is expected in a paper. I plan to use these with both of my children as they journey through high school writing.
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