Again I failed on getting these posted in a timely manner. I wanted to have this post completed about two weeks ago, but I’m just now finding the time to get it done, mostly because I need time to type them up. It’s easier to read since we publish our papers on colored paper with designs and what-not all over the sides!
For this very first expository piece, we wrote about someone who we admire. We used the following text structure: Whom I admire–>Internal Characteristics–>External Skills–>How this person has influenced me. The text structure was evident in the writing samples I chose to share.
I’m still using a rubric from The Writing Academy because I like it, it’s easy to use, and it helps me give them a number grade based on the different categories of their writing. I plan to develop one of my own (which I will share), but for now I need time to breathe!
Keep in mind: these are 4th graders who have NEVER written an expository piece before. I thought most of them were pretty awesome considering their previous lack of experience!
To view 5 Expository Writing papers, click here.
If you are interested in how we planned out our papers, see my blog post titled, “Expository Writing: Gretchen Bernabei Style,” to see our planning sheets and flip books. You can also access the planning page by visiting the Writer’s Workshop page and clicking on the very last resource listed.
**Question: Do you have a rubric that you use to grade writing? If so, would you share it with me? You can send it to me in an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message in the comments as to where I can find it (aka: blog post or website address) if you are a fellow blogger. I would love to take a look at how you are assessing your students’ knowledge of writing! Thanks in advance!