Commenting on and grading student writing are among the most direct (and therefore valuable) elements of writing instruction. These two activities are also chief among the concerns voiced by faculty members and other instructors, who may feel under-qualified to diagnose and evaluate written strengths and weaknesses.
In this section, you’ll find paradigms for effectively and efficiently responding to student writing, as well as multiple approaches to grading and evaluation.
Teacher to student
Responding to Student Writing (University of Hawaii, Mānoa)
Prioritizing Responses to Student Writing (TWW Tip, February 2013)
Responding for Revision (TWW Tip, November 2013)
Working with Non-Native Speakers (directed towards writing consultants, but useful to others)
Working With ESL/ELL Students (George Mason University)
Student to student
How Can I Get the Most Out of Peer Review? (The WAC Clearinghouse, Colorado State)
Using Peer Review to Improve Student Writing (University of Michigan)
Peer Review (University of Hawaii, Mānoa)
Peer Review & Feedback Forms (University of Hawaii, Mānoa)
Arranging Virtual Peer Response (TWW Tip, January 2014)
Student to self
Metacognition—Cultivating Reflection to Help Students Become Self-Directed Learners (University of Michigan)
Backward Design for Grading Rubrics (TWW Tip, February 2014)
Grading End-of-Semester Papers/Projects (TWW Tip, May 2013)
The Critical and Integrative Thinking Rubric (Washington State University)
Managing the Paper Load (George Mason University)
University-Wide Grading Guidelines (University of Minnesota Council on Liberal Education)
Geography 1301 | Project Self-Evaluations:
Self-evaluation for a research project and a debate.
History 1307 | Paper-Writing Checklist:
Self-assessment guidelines for revising and proofreading.
English 3006W | Peer Workshop for Final Paper:
Handout asking students to assess where they need peer help.
Biology 1002 | Lab Report Grading Rubric for Biological Sciences:
Criteria including thoroughness, support, accuracy, and writing.
Civil Engineering 4101W | Contract Grading Rubric:
Contract rules for students' course grades.
Writing Studies 1011 | Sample Portfolio Rubric:
Author-centered summary assignment.
English 201 | Holistic Portfolio for Final Evaluation:
Tool for differentiating individual and peer work assessment.
English 3601 | Grading Rubric for Notebook: Informal Writing:
Tool for assessing students' informal writing.
Geography 1301 | Project Grading Criteria:
Criteria for a thesis-driven essay assignment.
Operations and Management Science 3001 | Course and Paper Rubrics:
Criteria for the entire course and analytical papers.
... for student writers
Students can find out about one-to-one consultations and download handouts about style & grammar, punctuation, the writing process, and documentation.