Ideas for Writing Assessment
We want our students to enjoy writing, be proud of their work and learn. When giving writing assessments, it then becomes important to note that our goal is to strengthen our students’ confidence in creative self-expression. With good writing prompts and tasks, kids will develop more confidence; thus they can enthusiastically respond with the lesson. Here are some assessments you may apply in your class:
Provide a start or guide for the writing assignment. Have your students write sentences, paragraphs or stories based on the story starter you have provided. This eliminates anxiety of students not knowing what to write about. Download a guided writing sample assessment for beginners executed in PowerPoint by clicking on the link.
Have your students write letters to the characters they have read about or write letters to their friends. Incorporate your grammar lessons as they write by having them check their subject-verb agreement and tenses. This is fun and easy to do!
To have your kids use words such as: first, next, then and finally, have them write cooking directions.
Keeping a journal is an important part of the writing process. With journals, kids are able to express personal thoughts that are important in their lives. Keep in mind that you do not look for grammatical mistakes and errors in organization for journals, unlike paragraph writing. With journals, teachers look for students’ efforts. However, if students fail to write, tell them that it will be deducted from their participation mark.