I recently finished a marathon of grading portfolios, and grading revised portfolios for my students. It’s a stressful and time that is busy but one thing I’m very happy about is the way that my utilization of holistic rubrics allows me to focus this grading focus on student growth in reading, writing and thinking.
A few years ago I used rubrics that are analytical.
They are the rubrics that function a lot more like a checklist, where students can get 10 points for their thesis statement, and then get 7 points for his or her use of evidence. A holistic rubric however, generally describes what a product (such as an essay, analysis paragraph etc.)
appears like at each and every level, like this example from my “Analysis Writing” rubric:
- Student identifies details which can be relevant to the text overall 1 and that clearly connect to each other, even though the connection might be less interesting or clear than in the Honor Roll level.
- Student accurately describes the literary device(s) (aka “writer’s moves”) discussed
- Student clearly and accurately describes an essential idea from the text overall 1 , though the >may not be a nuanced interpretation. However, the interpretation is still abstract, not clichйd.
- Student cites ev >attempts to use us in the most way that is useful
- Student completely explains the connections between details (ev >attempting to utilize signal words to describe relationships between ideas
As the bullet points get this to rubric look a bit more “analytical,” the stark reality is in holistic way that I use it. I have just discovered that students fine it easier to grasp a rubric this is certainly broken up into pieces, in the place of two long and complex sentences that describe simply the same idea. [Read more…] about Check out this description of this rubric that is different to get more detail regarding the distinction between analytical and holistic rubrics