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No Time for Writing: Timesavers for Secondary Writing Assignments

If you cringe at the thought of grading another writing assignment, maybe it's time to refresh your approach for greater efficiency. Here are some resources to help you keep writing as a priority, without getting buried under piles of student essays.
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No Time for Writing: Timesavers for Secondary Writing Assignments
  • 712educators.about.com
    712educators.about.com

    Top Tips to Cut Writing Assignment Grading Time

    5 minute read
    Melissa Kelly says:
    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.
  • BloomBoard Spark says:
    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.
  • usnews.com
    usnews.com

    3 Keys to Teaching Kids to Write

    6 minute read
    BloomBoard Spark says:
    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.
  • BloomBoard Spark says:
    This form allows students to begin providing feedback to their peers. Its open-ended format can be used with follow-up meetings, in which students discuss their answers with the writer they evaluated.
  • Essay Rubric

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    timesaversforteachers.com
    timesaversforteachers.com
    BloomBoard Spark says:
    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.
  • BloomBoard Spark says:
    “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.
  • weareteachers.com
    weareteachers.com

    WeAreTeachers: Write On! Teaching the Writing Process

    6 minute read
    BloomBoard Spark says:
    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.