I was curious though, how exactly are the winning essays and semi-finalists chosen for the teen writing contests?
Here are their responses Updated August 07, An essay rubric is a way teachers assess students' essay writing by using specific criteria to grade assignments.
We have been approached by a company that offered to score and rank the Stage of Life essays through a software program that assess things like word count, spelling, and basic composition form to help determine our finalists, but while that would save us time, it would erase the human element of reading and touching each of these essays coming through the contest and looking at them through that lens of "writing to make a difference.
Review each criterion with the students and give them specific examples of what you want so they will know what is expected of them. Again, I deeply respect the online community that you have taken the time to concoct.
She has provided remedial enrichment curriculums and worked with both bilingual and special needs students. Thiegs wrote: Thank you very much for your note.
We received a letter from a member who was curious about the judging process behind our teen writing contests. I hope that you can clear some things up! However, to your point, selecting the finalists from the larger pool of essays is a daunting task and because we are human, I am certain that there are strong essays that could have been missed or accidentally not considered as a finalist even though they should have been.
Thiegs and one from our Senior Essay Editor. Next, assign students to write the essay, reminding them of the criteria and your expectations for the assignment.
Now it is your turn to evaluate the assignment according to the criteria on the rubric.