You’re on BASE! Take some time to catch your breath … you are safe.

I’ve been grading a recent writing test that some of my students took. I just got a new class on Monday that is an intervention class for mostly general education students. These are mostly students that are having educational problems because of a history of behavior problems.  

Grading writing is difficult for me. If a child writes something logical and I can read it then I tend to lean towards … great. Unfortunately, I have to use standards other than my own personal ones. Luckily, I have been given a rubric.

According to the rubric the students can score a total of 24 points. It is amazing to me how, according to the rubric, the shortest writing usually gets the best score. I think this might be enjoyable to you guys. I also think it may give you a peek into the world of a teacher and what we are faced with each day. Grades are not easy to assign. Remember, as you read, that I teach middle school.

I’m going to start with the lowest score and post a few each day or so … leading up to the highest score. I will write them exactly as they were written on the test.

Prompt: Think about an item or object (for example, your sneakers, an old sweatshirt, an MP3 player) you own that is so special to you that you cannot do without it. (Do not choose a person or a pet). Write a paragraph for your classmates in which you describe that object and give reasons why it is important to you.

  

I love my shoes like my dog

Score 6

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The thing that is special to me is my playstation 2 that the thing that I always play with it I got like a thousand games for it ever game that come out I got like a week lader when it comes out and every football game that came out I got I really love playing my game I can stay in my room playing the game and dont even get tired of playing it that the importan thing I own.

Score 8

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Football is fun because I like to play Football with my friend  and they are fun to play with because the are funny and I like to play basketball also it’s fun to you get to play with your friend

Score 8

 

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Comments on: "So glad I have a rubric …" (2)

  1. What I particularly appreciate is the lack of punctuation. It really makes it fun to intrepret!! LOLOL

    Can’t wait to read the rest of the stories and see the points awarded. Sooooooo glad it isn’t my job to decide a point value for writing concepts. Ugh

    WELL, YOU KNOW, YOU DON’T NEED PUNCTUATION AFTER EVERY SENTENCE. 🙂

    TODAY I WAS GRADING A BOY’S PAPER. I TOLD HIM TO ADD A PERIOD HERE, AN “S” THERE. AFTER ABOUT THE 4TH CORRECTION HE HUFFED A LITTLE AND SAID, “IT’S NOT LIKE IT MATTERS.”

    ARE WE JUST BEING STICKLERS?

  2. My kids accuse me of being the grammar police…but I think it is important to be able to express yourself intelligently when you write. I know we are more relaxed in our writing with texts and emails etc. And I make mistakes too. But there are times to pay attention to things like that (like a paper for a GRADE!)

    And he’s not writing a BOOK is he? So there’s no need for punctuation! Ay~

    TEXTING AND COMPUTERS HAVE RUINED WRITING ON SO MANY LEVELS.

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