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Anyway, I go so far as to draw a picture of how it is to look by rectangles
representing each page.
Each goes in a rectangle.
Then I show what I am grading in boxes to check off or make comments.
1. Does it have a title page?
2. Is it signed by the student with name, date, title?
3. Does it have the pages of text required (3, 4, 5. etc...)
4. Is it neat and readable (typed requires double spaces and less
number of pages then handwritten)?
5. Are the sources listed?
6. Are illustrations shown and explained?
7. Was it on time?
They get this ahead of time to know before they hand in the
Then when I grade, I tape this onto the front of the report.
Comments are added. It becomes clear at least for them of
what they did not do.
Also, the killer is below.
On time Pages required = 3
One week late Pages required = 4
Two weeks late Pages required = 6
This works well. I also post a sign behind my desk for all to see each day.
It has taken me 15 years to develop a system to get them writing at 95%
success. Even my special students do a modified version.
Back in the 50s no one did this type of instruction for us. We did what
was asked or else. Now we draw them pictures of what is
Are we dropping in intelligence? I wonder sometimes.