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You're reading as fast as you can, but the pile of unread essays grows taller and taller. Guilt mounts. Students want to know when their papers will come back. Grading begins consuming all your energy, your weekends, your life.
Grading papers is a fact of life, especially in English classrooms, and the paper load is a leading cause of teacher burnout. Fortunately, Carl Jago's here to help, and in Papers, Papers, Papers, she offers you advice honed from thirty-one years in the English classroom and forty-five thousand papers worth of grading. You'll not only get through stacks of papers, but you'll do so accurately, completely, and with the time you need to give each and every student in your classes the attention they deserve.
Ever practical and always professional, Jago suggests techniques that can be implemented right away to turn your mountain of essays into a foothill. She covers every aspect of attentive grading, including:
- responding to student drafts
- commenting rather than correcting
- using scoring guides and rubrics for common expectations
- fostering improvement from one paper to the next
- effective peer- and self-editing
- suggestions for alternatives to essays.
With all this and her Ten Tips for Handling the Paper Load, Carol Jago gives you everything you need to keep on top of student papers.
Grading papers is a fact of life, especially in English classrooms, and the paper load is a leading cause of teacher burnout. Fortunately, Carl Jago's here to help, and in Papers, Papers, Papers, she offers you advice honed from thirty-one years in the English classroom and forty-five thousand papers worth of grading.
About the Author
CAROL JAGO teachers English at Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California and directs the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. She also edits the California Association of Teachers of English (CATE) quarterly journal, California English . Carol has written a weekly education column for the Los Angeles Times , and her essays have appeared in English Journal , Language Arts , NEA Today , The Christian Science Monitor , as well as in other newspapers across the nation. She has served as director of the National Council of Teachers of English Commission on Literature and currently is a member of NCTE's Secondary Section. NCTE has published her books Nikki Giovanni in the Classroom (NCTE), Alice Walker in the Classroom (NCTE), and Sandra Cisneros in the Classroom (NCTE). Her other books for teachers, With Rigor for All: Teaching the Classics to Contemporary Students and Beyond Standards: Excellence in the High School English Classroom , Cohesive
Table of Contents
Introduction: Don't Let the Papers Get You Down
Comment Rather Than Correct
Level 1: Identify Mechanical Errors
Level 2: Rephrase and Revise for Clarity and Style
Level 3: Comment on Content
Using Scoring Guides and Rubrics
Response to Literature Rubric
Persuasive Writing Rubric
Informative Writing Scoring Guide
Leave It to Machines!
A Brief History of Computer Scoring
Classroom Tools for Online Scoring
My Reader Is a Computer
Misery Loves Company
Large-Scale Scoring Sessions Versus Remote Readings
With Confidence Comes Speed
Peer Assessment and Self-Assessment
Pairing Peers for Guided Response
The Sweet Sixteen
Alternatives to Essays
Expert Group Reports
Research Without the Papers
Responses in Verse
Lives on the Boundary
Uncommon Sense for Handling the Paper Load
Do Teacher Comments Matter?
Responding to Student Drafts
Fostering Improvement From One Paper to the Next
Husbanding Your Strength
Ten Tips for Handling the Paper Load
The Writing Process Revisited One Hand for the Ship, One Hand for Yourself