Exploration Activity

  1. Read each student work sample. As you read, record comments about what you like and dislike about the essay. Comments may be a word, a phrase, or even an entire sentence. You should spend about 15 minutes reading and commenting on each essay.

    Student work samples: Student 1 | Student 2 | Student 3
  2. Assign each essay a score from 1 (low) to 9 (high) using your best judgement.

  3. Categorize each of your comments using the following list of categories:  

 

Analysis
Clarity of  expression
Clarity of ideas
Cliche
Coherence of ideas

Concise-wordy
Development
Grammar
Interest
Logic
Organization

Phrasing
Punctuation
Quality of ideas
Quantity of ideas
Relevance

Sentence Structure
Spelling
Style
Text evidence
Word Choice

How to Categorize

A. This comment is about the thesis statement, so this comment would be categorized as “development”.

B. This comment is about a sentence that the reader likes, so this comment would be categorized as “interest”.

C. This comment is about thesis statement, so this comment would be categorized as “development”.

D. This comment is about “building a more direct topic sentence”. This comment could be categorized as “Coherence of ideas” as well as “Clarity of expression”. As the reader, you get to decide which category fits your original intention best.

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4. After you categorize each comment,  count the number of comments you made in each category.  

5. Record the score you assigned each essay and the number of comments per category in the Google Form below. 

6. Lastly, compare and contrast your scores and comments with sample data set and answer the questions in the Google Form.