Before You Start!
1. Make sure your students have all been assigned the grade level baseline writing assignment for their enrolled grade. For more information on how to assign the Baseline and Benchmark lessons click HERE.
2. Make sure your students complete the What is CERCA? Direct Instruction lesson before they complete the baseline writing assignment. This will give them an quick overview of the CERCA Framework.
Instructions on How to Grade
1. Log into your ThinkCERCA Account and select Classes at the top.
2. Scroll down to the baseline writing assessment. Notice that on the right side of the screen you will only see the option for rubric score. This will provide both teachers and students with the most detail on the student writing baseline to inform the rest of the year.
3. Select rubric score.
4. Notice on the left side of the screen, you will have the student writing; on the left side of the screen, you will have the full rubric to provide guidance.
5. There are six components within the rubric:
- Audience-Appropriate Language
- Conventions of English
6. Read the student work once without using the rubric. This will be especially helpful for longer pieces of writing.
7. Review the expectations under Claim/Counterclaim under Beginning, Developing, and Mastery.
8. Select the checkpoints that most appropriately identify what the student’s work exemplifies.
9. Select a score that aligns with the checkpoints you have selected.
10. Provide 1-2 sentences of feedback for the student. One way to do this is to copy/paste the student work that helps you explain how and why the student received the score that they did. For example, if a student received a score of a 3 for Claim/Counterclaim, you may write something like this:
- I noticed that you wrote I think that the author made a good argument about school nutrition in the beginning of your writing. Your claim should not begin with “I think”, and while it is clear, I am unclear how it is supportable. Additionally, you do not have a clearly articulated counterargument in your writing. We will spend more time this year learning and practicing claims and counterclaims.
11. Repeat steps 6-10 for the other four rubric sections, Evidence, Reasoning, Conclusion, Audience-Appropriate Language, and Conventions of English.
12. Identify a growth focus for each students. In some cases, you may assign the same growth focus to the entire class if you will explicitly teaching the concept to everyone. A student’s growth focus should evolve over the school year as their writing develops.
13. Submit the grade so the students receive their grade and your feedback.
14. Provide time for students to review the feedback you provided and ask clarifying questions during a follow-up class period.