Extended Response:How are we scored? Book 2: Listening/ Writing Book 3: Reading/Writing
What the raters are looking at.. On the scale of 1-4… Meaning Development Organization Language Use On the scale of 1-3 Mechanics (grammar/spelling/punctuation)
“Meaning” Did you answer all parts of the question? Did you understand the story/article and were you able to show it in your answer? Were you able to make insightful connections in your answer?
Scoring High in “Meaning” Take your time reading the stories/articles: make sure you understand the main idea/gist! Focus on what the question is asking STAY AWAY FROM USING PERSONAL OPINIONS! Make sure you answer every part of the question
“Development” Did you support your answers with evidence from the text? Are your examples relevant to your answer? Did you develop your ideas fully through elaboration?
Scoring High in “Development” Give specific examples straight from the articles! Ask yourself: Does this example really support my answer? Show clearly how and why the examples are good examples that support your answer! Read your answer several times: Make sure it makes sense!
Examples.. “I think Harriet Quimby’s flight is considered a remarkable achievement. For example, she was lost when she was flying. Another example, they was something wrong with the plane but she made it. Finally, Harriet’s flight was too close to fall down…”
“Organization” Plan your essay: Use the planning page!!!! Did you organize your ideas? Does your answer have a clear focus throughout? Is it coherent? Does your answer make sense, with appropriate transitions?
Scoring high in “Organization” Reread and check your answers!! Make sure your structure is clear: topic sentence (answer) + supporting details from the text + ending thought (“That’s why…”) Ask yourself: does it make sense? Does it have a clear focus from beginning to end?
“Language Use” Did you use 6th grade level language with good vocabulary words? Is your answer fluent and easy to read? Were you able to engage your readers/audience with your tone or voice?
Scoring high in “Language Use” This is usually the area that sets apart “4” students from the “3” students. Difficult to improve overnight Your best bet: Use the language/vocabulary/sentence structure already provided for you in the questions and the articles!! Restate the question in your answer! Use sentence starters