Sunday, November 20, 2016

First Grade Writing Templates

I hate grading writing! Wouldn't it be great to have an easy way to grade writing? Keep reading, cause I've got you covered! 

So it's that time of the year when the firsties are finally getting a handle on writing.  I've introduced a couple of different types of writing to them....specifically, writing a friendly letter and informational writing.  And they are doing pretty well.....but then......I have to grade it.  😱 

Girl!..... You know that takes some time! Settle in with a cup of tea and be prepared to sit there for a while.  And how do you grade writing???? It's so subjective. So I used to get out my trusty rubrics - you know the ones with the boxes that say stuff like:  You have a strong focus or theme that shows you understand the prompt. Your focus is strong throughout your entire narrative. 

Yeah.....and there's like 20 of those boxes on the rubric and you have to keep looking back and forth from the students writing to the rubric and comparing to see if they met all the little areas in each box.  Hmmmm, is this worth 4 points or 3 points.  Let me see, did they have a strong focus or a clear focus??????? Gahhhhh! I hate those rubrics!  

So one day I decided I was going to create my own SIMPLE, KID FRIENDLY and TEACHER FRIENDLY writing templates with rubrics built right into them.  I wanted one for every kind of writing sample and I wanted it to align to the common core: Opinion Writing, Personal Narrative, Informational Writing, Friendly Letter and just an All Purpose template for every day writing.  

And I wanted a rubric built right into the writing more looking back and forth, comparing, searching for the right rubric, copying it and stapling it to the writing sample! I needed to simplify my grading life!! Hey listen, I don't have time to sit here forever grading papers.  I have to watch The Real Housewives work on lesson plans. You know what I mean?? 

So this is what I came up simple and yet really effective.  I have been using these writing templates for years and the rubric is always right on target every time.  I have finally made it into a product that I can share with you! I hope you will check it will seriously change your grading life! You can grab your set here