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Using Ungraded Assignments to Develop an Effective Environment for Better Writing

Research shows that the majority of recent graduates are not meeting employers’ expectations for rigorous, analytical writing. With national, state, and institutional standards placing a strong emphasis on writing, students and teachers face great pressure to deliver on high-stakes, or graded, writing assignments. Offering low stakes (ungraded) assignments not only helps students feel more comfortable with …

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Providing Constructive Feedback for Your Students’ Writing

Research has shown that increasing the complexity and number of high-stakes writing assignments, such as timed tests and extended research essays, has not yielded “better writing.” Yet the call for better writing from legislators, administrators, and employers to use these high-stakes assessments to achieve that ill-defined outcome continues. How can educators develop an effective environment …

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