Resources for Facilitating Students’ Self-Assessment

Sep 10 2008

Resources for Facilitating Students’ Self-Assessment

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  • The brief Thomson Handbook by David Blakesley & Jeffrey L. Hoogeveen
    • Approximately 40 project checklists prompt students to try a variety of writing process activities, to examine the rhetorical situation to which they are responding, and to select appropriate rhetorical strategies.
    • Project checklists include: “Using Self-Evaluation to Guide Revision” (p. 31), “Reviewing for Biased Language” (p. 406), and “Do You Have an Effective Working Thesis Statement?” (p. 74).
  • The Academic Writer: A Brief Guide by Lisa Ede
    • The “Strategies for Revision” chapter includes tips for “Examining Your Own Writing” (p. 282) and “Questions for Evaluating Focus, Content, and Organization” (pp. 282-283), as well as other sub-sections on self-assessment during revising.
    • The “Understanding the Writing Process” chapter includes “Questions for Analyzing Your Composing Process” (p. 35).
  • Meeting of Minds, 2nd Ed. by Patsy Callaghan & Ann Dobyns
    • The chapter on revising discusses self-evaluation. Students are encouraged to read their work with their audience in mind. Although only one paragraph long (see p. 332), the discussion is packed with tips that students can try.
    • The chapter also offers strategies for reading your own work with different lenses and includes a sample revision plan in which a student negotiates responding to both her self-assessment and her peers’ feedback.
  • The Harbrace Guide to Writing by Cheryl Glenn
    • Chapter 3, “Working with Your Available Means,” facilitates self-assessment throughout the writing process.
    • Each suggested assignment includes a checklist students can use to self-evaluate their draft for key characteristics described in the chapter.

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