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responding & grading

Commenting upon 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.

approaches to response

Commenting on Student Writing

Assigning Revision Memos

Creating Effective Peer Response Workshops

Why Respond to Student Writing Online?

Responding to Non-Native Speakers of English

Working with Non-Native Speakers (directed towards writing consultants, but useful to others)

Quick Suggestions for Helping Non-Native Writers

Valuing Written Accents: Non-native Students Talk about Identity, Academic Writing, and Meeting Teachers’ Expectations (George Mason University)

Responding to Student Writing (University of Hawaii, Mānoa)

approaches to grading

Grading Writing: Recommended Grading Strategies

Annotated University of Minnesota Uniform Grading Definitions (.pdf)

University-Wide Grading Guidelines (.pdf) (CLE)

Creating Grading Rubrics for Writing Assignments

Running a Grade-Norming Session

The Critical and Integrative Thinking Rubric ( .pdf) (Washington State University)

Managing the Paper Load (Humboldt State University)

samples of responding activities and handouts

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

samples of grading activities and tools

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


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... for student writers
Students can find out about one-to-one consultations and download handouts about style & grammar, punctuation, the writing process, and documentation.