Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Peer Assessing and Creative Writing

The Informational Essay: Peer Assessment  Our time writing the informational essay as part of the District Writing Performance Task has come to an end and now it is time to assess our work. While I will certainly be carefully reviewing your essay myself, I also wanted to give you an opportunity to get feedback and an assessment score from your peers (your classmates). 

Students, you will be sharing your informational essays via Google Docs with an assigned peer reviewer today. First, the peer reviewer will read your essay and then using the "Comments" tool offer both a positive compliment regarding the strength of your writing and some suggestions on areas you may be able to improve. Your peer reviewer may even use the "Suggesting" tool to propose some specific changes to your writing. Review the three steps below on how to be a successful peer editor. 

Next, peer reviewers will be using a rubric to score the essay's "Statement of Purpose and Focus and Organization." Let's review the rubric below so we clearly understand what criteria you must meet to receive a given score. (A copy of the rubric can also be found here.) Using the "Comments" tool you will leave a score of either 4 points, 3 points, 2 points, 1 point, or 0 points. 

Students, you can find out who your peer reviewer is here. First, locate your name listed before the arrow. The name after the arrow is the peer who will reviewing your essay. Next, click 'Share,' type the student's name in the 'People' box, make sure it states 'Can Edit,' and then click 'Done.' 

Peer reviewers, you can now find the essay you will be reviewing in the 'Shared with Me' section of your Google Drive. Peer reviewers, you are not to change the text of the essay you are reviewing in any way and are only to use the 'Comments' and 'Suggesting' functions of the Google Doc. Thank you for taking your responsibility as a peer reviewer seriously! 

100 Word Challenge: Writing Time  If time permits, you may work on this week's 100 Word Challenge. Remember, this the task this week is to weave the five words (opened, celebration, strange, red, and nervous) into a narrative. If you're considering writing a winter and/or holiday story, you find descriptive word lists here and here

Homework (1.) Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and make a Digital Reading Log entry. (2.) Continue working on your 100 Word Challenge: 5 Words (Week #15) story, which we will publish on Friday, December 12.