Have a look at this description associated with different rubric types for lots more detail regarding the difference between analytical and holistic rubrics

Have a look at this description associated with different rubric types for lots more detail regarding the difference between analytical and holistic rubrics

Not long ago I finished a marathon of grading portfolios, and grading revised portfolios for my students. It’s a stressful and busy time, but the one thing I’m very happy about may be the method in which my utilization of holistic rubrics allows us to focus this grading focus on student growth in reading, writing and thinking.

A few years ago I used rubrics that are analytical.

These are the rubrics that function more like a checklist, where students can get 10 points for his or her thesis statement, and then get 7 points for his or her usage of evidence. A rubric that is holistic, generally describes what a product (such as an essay, analysis paragraph etc.)

looks like at each and every level, similar to this example from my “Analysis writing rubric that is”

  • Student identifies details which are relevant to the written text overall 1 and that clearly hook up to each other, although the connection may be less interesting or clear than in the Honor Roll level.
  • Student accurately describes the literary device(s) (aka “writer’s moves”) discussed
  • Student clearly and accurately describes a significant idea through the text overall 1 , although the >may not be a interpretation that is nuanced. However, the interpretation continues to be abstract, not clichйd.
  • Student cites ev >attempts to use us within the most useful way
  • Student completely explains the connections between details (ev >attempting to utilize words that are signal describe relationships between ideas

Whilst the bullet points make this rubric look a bit more “analytical,” the reality is in holistic way that I use it. I have just discovered that students fine it simpler to grasp a rubric that is split up into pieces, in place of two long and complex sentences that describe fundamentally the same idea. (more…)

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