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Unformatted text preview: August 29, 2011 Great Books 191 Fall 2011 Orientation Naomi Silver, Associate Director, Sweetland Center for Writing [email protected] http://www.lsa.umich.edu/sweetland Topics Responding to student writing What to expect from first-year writers Academic integrity Responding to Student Writing – Principles and Practices Sweetland Writing Center “Though there is much debate these days about the most effective methods of responding to student writing, there is a clear consensus about the least effective ways to handle student papers. Far too much of what teachers do with student writing is picky, arbitrary, unclear, or generally unhelpful.” —Edward M. White (2007) Some general principles • Assessment of student writing really begins with assignment design, because that is the best time to determine what you want students to achieve with the assignment, and what constitutes a good response. • Students value thoughtful feedback that engages them in dialogue with a reader making an effort to understand what they have to say. • Reactive commenting and line editing result in fragmented and confusing feedback. • Some of the most useful forms of commenting include (i) questions stimulating further thought, (ii) brief summaries of what the reader got out of the paper, and (iii) descriptions of difficulties the reader encountered. • Offering your more detailed feedback on drafts that students will revise puts it to more efficient and effective use. Some best practices • To promote student writing as an act of communication, and not simply an exercise in meeting instructor expectations, read each essay as a reader first, and as a grader last. • After you’ve read an essay once through without marking it, choose the two or three most important elements to highlight in a closing comment. • Finally, insert selective marginal comments, questions, and praise to reinforce the end comment. • If you are commenting on style, grammar, and punctuation, mark up a single representative paragraph as a model of patterns encountered throughout the essay. • Distribute rubrics and other grading criteria in advance of assigning grades to a specific set of Responding to Student Writing – Principles and Practices Sweetland Writing Center “Though there is much debate these days about the most effective methods of responding to student writing, there is a clear consensus about the least effective ways to handle student papers. Far too much of what teachers do with student writing is picky, arbitrary, unclear, or generally unhelpful.” —Edward M. White (2007) Some general principles • Assessment of student writing really begins with assignment design, because that is the best time to determine what you want students to achieve with the assignment, and what constitutes a good response....
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