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Assessing children who do not produce much writing!

Discussion in 'Assessment' started by NJWallin, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. Just wondering how other teachers assess children's writing when children do not produce much even if what they do produce is of a high quality? Can higher sub-levels/levels be given for short, outstanding pieces of writing?
  2. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    In the NC descriptors, there's no use of the generic phrase "high quality". However, one mark of NC Writing quality is in sustaining reader's interest by developing and organizing ideas. (Paragraphs are first mentioned in Level 6.)

    They may not produce much at a time but if there's enough produced over time to meet say all of Level 6 except possibly "often.....sustains the reader's interest" (it doesn't say "over several pages" or anything like that) then, why not give that level? There's no need to level single pieces of work. In fact, that's just not practical.

    There aren't any sub-levels in the NC - so no need to worry on that score.
  3. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    Sorry, I was making an assumption above - that you were assessing English Writing through writing.

    (Or were you thinking of assessing other things through writing?)

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