Instead of letting your writing week turn into a mish-mosh of drafting and brainstorming, create a specific goal for each class period leading up to the essay writing day.
What are the skills (priorities) that require whole-class direct instruction?
Each day has a mini lesson, work time, and a homework assignment.
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If the errors are distracting (overall) students should receive a lower score in that category, but you need to free yourself to move on to the bigger issues. Put it on the list to teach for the next round of writing.
Does the claim build and stretch throughout the paper? Are the chosen pieces of evidence convincing and well analyzed? When you’re ready to get down to business, allow yourself to read, circle the rubric, and repeat. You don’t need to cover everything in every paper - focus on the priorities you set out from the beginning.
I know this is what everyone wants to know: what’s the secret ingredient in the quick-essay-grading sauce?
Well here, the secret: grading fast depends on everything I’ve talked about prior to this: a well designed and clearly understood rubric, writing practice, and targeted lessons that precede essay turn-in make for a much faster and more focused grading experience for you.
To grade quickly, there are of course the practical tips: turn off your phone, isolate yourself from the outside world, and don’t start until you’re ready to chug through uninterrupted.
Speed in grading is reliant on the rhythm you develop as you read responses one after another.