Not long ago I finished a marathon of grading portfolios, and grading revised portfolios for my students. It’s a stressful and busy time, but the one thing I’m very happy about may be the way that my use of holistic rubrics allows me to focus this grading focus on student development in reading, writing and thinking.
Many years ago I used rubrics that are analytical.
These are the rubrics that function more like a checklist, where students could possibly get 10 points for their thesis statement, and then get 7 points for their usage of evidence. A holistic rubric however, generally describes what an item (such as an essay, analysis paragraph etc.)
appears like at each and every level, like this example from my “Analysis writing rubric that is”
- Student identifies details which are strongly related the text overall 1 and that clearly connect to one another, although the connection might be less interesting or clear than in the Honor Roll level.
- Student accurately describes the device( that is literary) (aka “writer’s moves”) discussed
- Student clearly and accurately describes a significant idea from the text overall 1 , though the >may not be a nuanced interpretation. Read More