About This Chapter
Assessing Student Writing - Chapter Summary
Writing assessments are not only a useful tool for gauging your students' proficiency with core writing skills, but they also help with planning and tailoring instruction methods to meet individual and classroom needs. Use the lessons and quizzes in this chapter to learn all about assessment methods and their application. Lesson topics include the following:
- Types of assessments
- Characteristics of quality assessments
- Selecting assessments that are appropriate for your classroom
- Creating a grading rubric
- Self-assessment and helping students with writing evaluation skills
This chapter provides helpful teaching resources for using writing assessments. You'll watch short video lessons that explain key concepts in a way that is easy to understand. Each lesson comes with a full written transcript that you can use to follow along or as a handy reference tool. Use the self-assessment quizzes that accompany each lesson to gauge how well you've understood the lesson topic.
How It Helps
- Details assessment methods: You'll learn about the many different types of assessments and how to choose the right ones.
- Improves quality of instruction: With a better understanding of how to use assessments, you'll be more responsive to the specific needs and challenges of your students.
- Raise student performance levels: These lessons will help you use assessments to pinpoint the writing skills your students need to focus on.
After completing this chapter, you will be able to:
- Understand the components and usefulness of different assessment types
- Recognize the qualities of effective assessments
- Choose assessments for your students based on ability and learning needs
- Clearly explain your expectations and grading process to your students
- Help students assess their own writing and that of their peers
1. Forms of Assessment: Informal, Formal, Paper-Pencil & Performance Assessments
Educators often need to assess students' learning and achievement. There are multiple forms of assessments that educators use to not only gain knowledge about a student's level of understanding but also to guide the direction of future lessons and course curriculum. This lesson will differentiate between formal and informal assessments and paper-pencil versus performance-based assessments used in educational settings.
2. Qualities of Good Assessments: Standardization, Practicality, Reliability & Validity
Have you ever been in the middle of an assessment and thought, 'This question is unfair!' or 'This exam covers material I have never seen before!' If so, the assessment probably did not possess the qualities that make an assessment effective. This lesson will introduce you to the qualities of good assessments: reliability, standardization, validity, and practicality.
3. Performance Assessments: Product vs. Process
Playing a musical instrument, creating a spreadsheet and performing in a play are all activities that many of us engage in on a regular basis. These activities are also examples of ways teachers assess a student's mastery of a subject in educational settings. This lesson will define performance-based assessments and discuss the various uses of performance assessments in the classroom.
4. Selecting Writing Development Assessments for Students
Teachers need to use assessments in order to design writing instruction to meet all students' needs. This lesson describes writing assessments and shows how to design a writing assessment for students of all grade and ability levels.
5. How to Set a Grading Rubric for Literary Essays
Setting a rubric is an integral part of any essay assignment. This lesson will help you learn how to set an effective rubric so that your students understand what is expected of them.
6. How to Evaluate Student Writing Portfolios
Teachers can assess a student's writing in many ways. One is through a writing portfolio. This lesson will identify and discuss guidelines for evaluating a student writing portfolio and provide some examples of each.
7. Self-Assessment in Writing: Definition & Examples
Self-assessment takes place when we review our writing, either during or after. In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of self-assessment and how we can practice this step.
8. Teaching Students to Evaluate Their Own Writing
Students who can evaluate their own writing are better equipped to independently produce polished and communicative pieces. This lesson gives you some ideas about how to help students assess their own work.
9. What is Academic Dishonesty? - Definition, Examples & Consequences
Although pretty much every student in any classroom would like to get an A, not every student wants to work hard enough to achieve it. Sometimes, students who face this dilemma commit acts of academic dishonesty, and the consequences can be severe.
10. Formative Assessment Ideas for Writing
Formative assessments are a great way for teachers to gauge student strengths and weaknesses. In this lesson, teachers will learn about a variety of formative assessments for writing and how they can be utilized in the classroom.
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