Date Approved

7-16-2007

Embargo Period

3-29-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Hespe, David

Subject(s)

Composition (Language arts); First grade (Education)

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore student perceptions regarding the use of rubrics in writing assignments. This qualitative research study was conducted with 16 students in a first grade classroom. I have conducted 4 mini-lessons on different writing components with the class. As a class we created a scoring rubric that includes important parts of the assignment and a number scale to further weigh the importance. The students were a part of creating the rubric and were given the rubric prior to their writing assignment. During the assignment I observed how the students use their knowledge of the rubric to complete their writing assignment. Upon the completion of the assignment I asked the students questions about the rubric, if they liked it or not, and why. This research supports the idea that students feel better about a writing assignment knowing exactly what they will be graded on prior to the assignment and these implications are discussed.

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