Assessment in the Writing Classroom

Writing, by its subjective nature, can be difficult to assess objectively. However, to help with future lesson planning, it is important for teachers to assess student comprehension of writing skills. In addition, it is also helpful to engage students in self-assessment, which can help foster active learning.

Teachers can use scoring rubrics to assess writing. Rubrics are created by establishing evaluation criteria that directly correlate with the learning objectives of the assignment. Scoring rubrics are useful because they provide an objective means of grading a subjective assignment. Voyages in English, a comprehensive writing and grammar program published by Loyola Press, provides teachers with a customized scoring rubric for each writing assignment. In addition, the Voyages in English Assessment Book and EXAMVIEW® Test Generator provide assessments teachers can use to assess students’ objective knowledge of writing skills, study skills, and word-study skills.

In an effective writing curriculum, students are encouraged to think about their own work. Student self-assessment is helpful because it encourages students to reflect on their use of the traits of good writing and to identify areas for improvement. Providing students with a self-assessment that is based on scoring rubrics also helps students identify teacher expectations and the criteria by which their work will be assessed. Voyages in English provides teachers with reproducible student self-assessment forms that are based on the scoring rubrics for each writing assignment.

In addition to helping teachers with future lesson planning, assessments helps teachers teach students how to recognize good writing. The writing assessment tools provided in Voyages in English help teachers save time by providing customized scoring rubrics, objective assessments, and student self-assessments.