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How to assess writers’ notebooks

September 18, 2017

Teachers frequently ask us how to assess writers’ notebooks, so this week we’re recirculating a few resources to help answer that question.

How to Assess Writers’ Notebooks

Originally published in fall 2013, this Indiana Partnership for Young Writers article explains what, exactly, we’re looking for when we talk about variety, volume, care/maintenance, and identity/reflection. Plus, you’ll learn how students’ notebooks can inform your mini-lessons and other teaching.  Get the article.

Sample Self-Assessment and Rubric

Visiting scholar Isoke Nia shared this example of a self-evaluation and rubric used to assess notebooks. It includes questions to help students reflect on their writing lives. Use it to inform and inspire your own version. Get the sample evaluation and rubric.




 More Writerly Life Resources

Did you know that the Indiana Partnership for Young Writers has a variety of “modules” on its website that step you through entire units of study? Our Writerly Life module includes assessment resources and much more to help you prepare and teach a Writerly Life unit. Check it out.

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