Distribute rubrics to students asking each to read and score three of his or her peers' essays in a specific amount of time. After grading an essay, they should staple the rubric to the back of it so as not to influence the next evaluator.
While this resource is from a college website, it perfectly illustrates the types of writing assignments high school students must learn how to navigate. Even better, it explains that not every assignment needs to be long and arduous. In fact, the post details both informal and formal writing ideas, short and long, as integral to students' literacy.
There's a science to writing instruction, and understanding it can help teachers focus on the most important practices when it comes to teaching students how to write. Here, US News details 3 keys to writing that could help you hone in on what's truly important in your classroom.
This detailed printable rubric makes essay grading a cinch, including a graded scale for elements including Thesis, Introduction, Organization, Conclusion, Language, and Citation. The form could also be used as an outline to teach the elements of a successful essay.
“When you read your classmate’s paper, you think it's good and you don't know what else to say. But when the professor gives you questions–the criteria–that really helps.” This student encapsulates the problem with peer review: students don't know what they're looking for or how to provide meaningful feedback. This article gives practical advice for teaching the peer review process, as well as suggested forms for students to use.
Teachers who assign massive unguided essay assignments often find that in the end, their lack of input results in a pile of ill-written papers. And that takes as much time as scaffolding the process. Instead, consider the importance of teaching each step of the writing process, from prewriting to drafting, revision to proofreading and editing, and finally, publishing.