During the early part of the school year, I just grade the students’ annotations in the Article of
the Week. I rate them o...
Student Samples: Article of the Week
Student Samples: Article of the Week
Student Samples: Article of the Week
Student Samples: Article of the Week
Student Samples: Article of the Week
Student Samples: Article of the Week
Student Samples: Article of the Week
Student Samples: Article of the Week
Student Samples: Article of the Week
Student Samples: Article of the Week
Student Samples: Article of the Week
Student Samples: Article of the Week
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3 students' annotations for an article about the ACT & SAT, plus my commentary on their annotations

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Student Samples: Article of the Week

  1. 1. During the early part of the school year, I just grade the students’ annotations in the Article of the Week. I rate them on a scale of 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor). I’m including 3 student samples below for you to see. Later on in the school year, I’ll also grade their paragraph responses to the article. Adam: 5 Above and beyond expectations: 8 comments on the first page alone Perhaps too much use of the highlighter, but he comments on everything he highlights Includes lots of statements, questions, and even a few outbursts like “You ought to always do that!” Notes his sarcasm with *asterisks* Knows about Finland’s education system, which is not required, but a good connection nonetheless While some of his annotations are very basic like “Hmmm…sounds fun,” he has many analytical comments like “We would rather have kids who are ready not ones who drop out.” Adam is very quiet in class. He rarely raises his hand during discussions, but he is clearly engaged with this article, and I can see his personality. Hayley: 5 Includes many analytical questions like “How will we afford the technology?” and “Who decides what matters more?” Does not use a highlighter, but does star important parts and does underline She questions the power of David Coleman She does not have nearly as many comments as Adam, but this is enough to merit a 5 for the first Article of the Week. I will expect more out of her as the year progresses. Hayley is new to our district this year. She participates in class, but she is not outspoken. Her sharp mind is evident in her annotations though. Quinn: 4 Her comments are responses to the text, not just summaries. She writes things like, “Obviously the SAT isn’t as good if it keeps trying to be more like ACT” and “ When she writes, “thats [sic] a negative,” she leaves out why it’s negative Like Adam, she highlights phrases and sentences and then annotates them She doesn’t annotate anything on the bottom of the 2nd page and the top of the 3rd page Quinn is fairly outgoing in class, and she had to turn in her article a day early because she was going to be gone on Friday for volleyball. Her comments are well done, but she needs a few more. It seems like she skipped the third quarter of the article. Jason Stephenson Stephenson.jason@gmail.com | Twitter: teacherman82 | blog: dcjason.wordpress.com

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