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Task #10: Writing Paragraphs and Self-Assessment


Standards: Students will use a variety of transitions in their writing.
Students will write using good word choices.
Students will write using specific details and elaboration.
Students will identify strengths and weaknesses of writing pieces and offer suggestions for improvement of their own work and the work of others.


Task: Independent Work - Writing Two Paragraphs and Self-Assessing Them

- Students will take the other TWO of their topics from Task #3 for which they have already done the organizing and written the topic sentences.

- They will write them into TWO paragraphs, paying close attention to using transitions, good word choices, specific details and elaboration.

- When they are finished with each paragraph, they should self-assess each one with the Using Transitions Rubric, the Word Choice Rubric and the Detail and Elaboration Rubric, making corrections with a red pen.

- I will collect their two paragraphs and their rubrics and evaluate their self- assessing skills by looking at the completed rubrics and their corrections.


Criteria:

1. Using Transitions - Students should use transitions in their writing.
- Students should use a variety of transitions in their writing.

2. Good Word Choices - should create a picture in your mind and should seem accurate in word meaning and natural in the paragraph

3. Writing with details and elaboration - Students will be specific in descriptions with details and will add elaboration to expand upon the information presented. (These can be examples that help a reader picture (and/or hear, smell, taste, or feel) the words that are written.)

4. Self-Assessment - Students will fill out the rubrics accurately and will find errors (weaknesses) and fix them so that they can receive maximum points on each rubric.






Rubrics:

Using Transitions Rubric


 

0 points

1 point

Does the paragraph include transitions?

No

Yes

Are there a variety of transitions used?

No

Yes



Ways to improve the use of transitions: _____________________________________


Word Choice Rubric

Amount of...

0 points

1 point

2 points

Good Word Choices Specific Enough to Paint a Picture in Someone’s Mind

none or few

some

most or all

Good Word Choices Accurate in Word Meaning

none or few

some

most or all

Good Word Choices Natural in Paragraph

none or few

some

most or all



Ways to improve word choice: ___________________________________________



Detail and Elaboration Rubric


Amount of ...

0 points

1 point

2 points

Sentences that Include Details to Make them More Specific

none or few

some

most or all

Sentences that have Added Elaboration to Expand Upon the Information Presented

none or few

some

most or all



Ways to improve details and elaboration: ____________________________________


 
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