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Writing Center | Quick Response Approach or Triage for Writing Evaluation

Every writing assignment must be acknowledged and evaluated; however, there will be times when you cannot -- or do not see the need to -- check every jot and tittle.  You want to be sure that the student has successfully grasped the material and that he or she has adequately responded. Now it is your turn to respond -- and quickly. Try this check sheet from Peter Elbow's" From Grades to Grids: Using Evaluation-by-Criteria for Responding to Writing":

Content, Insights, Thinking
Organization, Structure, Guiding reader
Genuine revision, Substantive changes
Language: Sentences, Wording, Voice
Mechanics: Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation

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