Teaching Writing With Rubrics: Practical Strategies and Lesson Plans for Grades 2-8

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Take the guesswork out of writing instruction and assessment! The step-by-step instructions, scheduling guidelines, rubric assessments, and reproducible forms in this guide are the result of years of research, planning, and fine-tuning in the classroom. Inspiring student creativity while addressing standards has never been so easy! Teaching Writing with Rubrics includes: Eleven comprehensive, ready-to-use lesson plans Strategies to adapt assignments for students with learning disabilities, ELL students, gifted students, and high school students Numerous classroom-tested reproducibles

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Editorial Reviews

Rebecca Kennerly
What a gift! I used your book from the first day. Using your guidelines, I am now developing my own units and rubrics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761931843
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: 1-Off Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Flynn received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1992, and followed with her Master of Arts in Elementary Education in 1994, from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

She has over eleven years of experience in education, working with students from grades 1-12. She has served as a consultant with UNM's Resident Teacher Program on teaching writing, using rubrics, and teaching thematically. She currently works as an Instructional Coach at Chelwood Elementary School in the Albuquerque Public School District and teaches summer school for the Albuquerque Academy's Summer Enrichment Program.

Ellen Flynn received her Bachelor 's degree in Elementary Education in 1994, followed by her Master's in 1995, from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

She has been a classroom teacher since 1994 at Chelwood Elementary School in the Albuquerque Public School District. She has served as a consultant with both the University of New Mexico and the College of Santa Fe regarding teaching with rubrics, Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, and teaching thematically.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
Part I. Getting Started
1. About Rubrics
What Is a Rubric?
How We Used Rubrics In Our Writing Program
Why Use Rubrics?
2. Setting up Your Classroom Writing Program
Structuring Your Program to Teach Students about Time Management
and Organization
Structuring Your Program to Teach Students about Time Management
and Organization
Structuring Your Program to Teach Students about Time Management and Organization
Supply List
How to Have Students Set up Their Composition Books
Using the Writing Process
What to Do With Students Who Finish Early or Late
Recommended Instruction On Outlining, Summarizing, and Using the Writing Process: Incorporating Six Trait Writing
Setting up Your Grade Book
3. How to Use This Book
Teacher Instruction for Each Rubric
Student Examples
Writing Rubric
Supplementary Handouts
Grading Rubrics
Part II. Writing Rubrics and Handouts
4. Autobiography (autobiographical)
Teacher Instruction for Autobiography Rubric
Student Examples
Autobiography Rubric
Autobiography Pre-writing Guide
Autobiography Rough Draft Grading Rubric
Autobiography Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric
5. Biography (biographical)
Teacher Instruction for Biography
Biography Rubric
Biography Pre-writing Guide
What is a Ven Diagram
Biography Rough Draft Grading Rubric
Biography Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric
6. Persuasive Essay (persuasive)
Teacher Instruction for Essay Rubric
Student Examples
Persuasive Essay Rubric
Persuasive Essay Sample Pre-write: Outline Form
Persuasive Essay Sample Pre-write: Cluster Form
Persuasive Essay Rough Draft and Grading Rubric
Persuasive Essay Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric
7. Research Paper (expository)
Teacher Instruction for Research Paper Rubric
Student Examples
Research Paper Rubric
Topic List
Sample Bibliography Cards
Sample Bibliography Page
Sample Note Card Format
Outline Example
Research Paper Rough Draft Grading Rubric
Research Paper Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric
8. News Article (expository)
Teacher Instruction for News Article Rubric
News Article Rubric
Parts of a News Article
Topic List
News Article Rough Draft Grading Rubric
News Article Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric
9. Legend (narrative)
Teacher Instruction for Legend Rubric
Student Examples
Legend Rubric
Legend Rough Draft Grading Rubric
Legend Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric
10. Fairy Tale (narrative)
Teacher Instruction for Fairy Tale Rubric
Student Examples
Fairy Tale Rubric
Fairy Tale Rough Draft Grading Rubric
Fairy Tale Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric
11. Science Fiction (narrative)
Teacher Instruction for Science Fiction Rubric
Science Fiction Rubric
Science Fiction Rough Draft Grading Rubric
Science Fiction Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric
12. Narrative (narrative)
Teacher Instruction for Narrative Rubric
Student Examples
Narrative Rubric
Narrative Rough Draft Grading Rubric
Narrative Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric
13. Family Tradition (autobiographical/narrative/descriptive)
Teacher Instruction for Family Tradition Rubric
Family Tradition Writing Rubric
Family Tradition Rough Draft Grading Rubric
Family Tradition Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric
14. Personal Experience (autobiographical/narrative/descriptive)
Teacher Instruction for Personal Experience Rubric
Student Examples
Personal Experience Writing Rubric
Personal Experience Rough Draft Grading Rubric
Personal Experience Final Draft and Presentation Grading Rubric
Part III. Creating & Adapting Your Own Rubrics
15. How to Create Your Own Rubrics
16. Adapting Our Program Across Ability Levels
High School
Special Education
ESL Students
Gifted Programs
Resource A: Teacher Reproducible Pages for Composition Books
Composition Book Guidelines and "Skills I Have Learned" List
Proofreading Marks and Editing Checklist
Table of Contents
Teacher's Copy of "Skills _____ Has Learned" List
Resource B: Teacher Resources
For Assignment Books
For ASAP Time
For Book Making Ideas
For More Information on the Writing Process
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