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Drafting & Grading


What’s in the video

  • How to keep them writing, even when they don’t want to.
  • Write A LOT during class, but they can write at home.
  • Where to find good prompts.
  • Teach your students to be topic generators too!
  • More on how to grade: how to set limits and why.

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5 thoughts on “LESSON 5

  1. I like how you have sub topics for a more general topic. I also think the log is very good. Starring their best work for grading is excellent. Do you do anything grading wise if the kids don’t complete all of the writing? I can see that the kids will just do what they want me to grade. Does it matter?


    1. Yes, they get points for completion. Following the rules and guidelines is the bottomline requirement to earn points. If I suspect they are not full filling the requirements, then I take a closer look.

      I treat the three they star more like dipsticks. They give me a sense of what they are doing with the rest of their entries. If I see blank pages, less than 150 words, no paragraph breaks, etc. then they get a zero for that entry.


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