Why Does Your Instructor Grade Your Writing As She Does? – It was an accidental discovery.

The Practice Essay

Because the goal of writing is to help you learn our nation’s history and the priority is for you to be accurate, I grade your writing by comparing what you wrote side by side with the facts in the textbook. With essays submitted, I use a method that lets me quickly identify all of the submissions where the students wrote on the same question. It is—as is obvious—a slow method, but it works.

1.     I place side by side these things. (With distance learning classes, I download the submissions, print them, and then place them side by side).

·         On the left, the textbook opened to the probable section or sections students should have used.

·         On the right, a stack of all the submissions of students’ papers on that question.

I also have a stack of rubrics to mark and a matrix for recording the class results.


In other words. I make it possible to grade you accurately and very fast.

The source turned to the exact page the student should have used or the content





What you wrote for your Practice Essay


Grid page (from Banner) that I uses as a matrix to chart which question you had and who misread, “half-copied” and so on.









2.     I use the Evidence Rubric for feedback and grade each student’s submissions one by one. (With distance learning classes, I log what I see on the grid page on the right and then enter the results in the online rubric.)

3.     If there are multiple possible questions, I then repeat the steps above with the next question.

The 2 Unit Essays

With the two essays for the Unit exams, I grade one of the questions using the layoff shown above. Sometimes I toss a coin or something like that to be sure I am not grading the same topic number each time.


Unless I find problems such as factual errors in that first essay I grade, I grade the other one without the textbook side by side with your paper—a quicker method.



Copyright C. J. Bibus, Ed.D. 2003-2013



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