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Use This Evaluation Form for Your Student’s How-to Essay

Use This Evaluation Form for Your Student’s How-to Essay

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Assigning a how-to essay this time of year probably is not high on your priority list, but I wanted to give you something as a gift for Christmas that is from The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School, 2nd Edition.

In this week’s post, you’ll find a mini lesson explaining what goes into a how-to or process essay, and you can download a printable evaluation form you can use to grade your 7th-12th graders.

No, this isn’t a commercial thinly disguised as an informational blog. I’m not asking you to buy anything. Just wanted to say thanks for hanging in there with me this year.

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Grading Essays Made Easy #2: Point Orders


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Grading Essays Made Easy, Point OrdersGrading your middle school or high school student’s essay can be difficult. Where do you begin? What criteria do you use?  How do you ask intelligent questions that will really get to the heart of the essay?

In this informative video series, I show you specifically what to look for when grading those homeschool essays. Grading Essays Made Easy #1 teaches you six key questions to ask of your student’s essay, beginning with the most obvious and proceeding to the least obvious.

The question in Grading Essays Made Easy #2 (today’s video blog) is this: Are the essay’s points arranged in a logical and effective order?

In this video, I’ll show you six different point orders your student can use when organizing his or her essays. They’re easy. They’re fun. And they’re all about trash.

What?

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Grading Essays Made Easy #1: Paragraphs in the Body


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Grading Essays thumbnail, Paragraphs 1Your child has just handed you a completed essay, and you are ecstatic . . . until you realize you now have to grade it. Where do you begin? How do you evaluate this marvelous gift?

Welcome to this exciting, first-in-a-series blog about grading your middle and high school students’ essays! You can find the whole video by clicking here. Learn to ask six key questions of the paragraphs in the body of your students’ essays in this part-one tutorial. I’ll walk you through these questions from the obvious to the not-so-obvious. Keep reading to view the outline and quoted paragraphs from the tutorial.

What you’ll want to know:

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