Classrooms of the Past, There Research Paper

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Picture connects to a few words

Picture supports topic

Clear, detailed picture enhances topic

Beginning Writer's Rubric -- Organization

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Page is blank or illegible

No beginning or ending

Two out of three: beginning, middle and end

Beginning, middle, and end all present

No transitions

Transitions rely on connective "and" and/or run-on sentences.

Transitions smooth

Random structure

Some attempt at sequencing and structure

Logical sequencing; structure clarifies topic

No Title (if required)

Simple title fits content

Title fits content and is engaging

Beginning Writer's Rubric -- Voice

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Page is blank or illegible

No individual expression

Individual expression present and supported by text

Unique tone reflected in individual expression

Emerging voice

Voice supports writer's purpose

Engaging voice appropriate to the piece

Awareness of audience

Writing connects to audience

Clear attempts to engage audience

Beginning Writer's Rubric -- Word Choice

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Page is blank or contains random letters and/or scribbles

Few words are recognizable

General or ordinary words convey message, favorite words used well

Creative word choice; specific, accurate words used well

Word choice relies on environmental print

Mostly limited to safe, known words but some evidence of expanding vocabulary

Incorporates new words, targets audience with natural and effective vocabulary

Does not create mental imagery

Begins to create mental imagery

Attempts at figurative language, good mental imagery

Beginning Writers Rubric -- Fluency

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Page is blank or illegible

Words strung together in phrases

Simple sentences, may be combine with run-on sentences.

Simple and compound sentences, varied structure

No use of connective words

Connective words, mostly "and," link phrases

More varied connective words

No rhythm

Somehwat mehanical

Fluid and easy to read aloud

Beginning Writer's Rubric -- Conventions

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Page is blank or illegible

Few conventions correct

Half the conventions are correct

Most conventions are correct; little editing needed

Inventive spelling attempted

Inventive spelling with some use of high-frequency words

Fairly accurate phonetic spelling, most high-frequency words used correctly

Random use of capital and lower case letters

Use of capitals correct but inconsistent

More than half the required capitals are in place for sentence beginnings, titles, and proper nouns

Beginning Writer's Rubric -- Presentation

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Page is blank or illegible

Letters are poorly formed and difficult to read

Handwriting is mostly legible

Handwriting is neat and easy to read

Pictures missing

Pictures randomly placed

Pictures fit with text

Pictures enhance content, are balanced with text

Paper is messy -- wrinkled, torn, excessive erasures

Paper is fairly neat.

Paper is neat.

Student's Self-Reporting Scale -- 1 (low) to 5 (high)

I like to write.

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5

I have a hard time thinking of ideas.

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5

I have trouble spelling words I want to use.

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5

I think writing is fun.

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5

Writing is my favorite subject.

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5

I am a good writer.

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5

I have a hard time getting started.

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5

I have trouble staying focused.

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I like to share my work with the class.

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I wish the teacher would give me more help.

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Conclusion

The 6+1 Trait model has been widely adopted in schools and has demonstrated effectiveness as an approach to teaching writing at all grade levels. The program creators developed a series of rubrics that can be used at all grade levels. The rubrics provide consistency as students progress towards mastery, but the choices one needs to make when using the rubric can be overwhelming, especially for new teachers and especially when assessing work in the primary grades. First grade writers may only write a few sentences, so a detailed rubric is not necessary. The purpose of this project was to create a set of simplified rubrics that a first grade teacher can use to get a quick but…

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References

5-Point Beginning Writer's Rubric. (2010). Education Northwest. Retrieved May 11, 2011 from http://educationnorthwest.org/webfm_send/772

6+1 Trait definitions. (2011). Education Northwest. Retrieved May 11, 2011 from http://educationnorthwest.org/resource/503

Jasmine, J., & Weiner, W. (2007). The effects of writing workshop on the abilities of first grade students to become confident and independent writers. Early Childhood Education

Journal 35(2), 131-139.

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