Rebecca, It depends upon the assignment. If we are doing homework, I only grade using the FCAs. This is so I can grade quicker and they can write more. If I am doing an essay, I use FCAs to record modifications as stated on the IEP's/504's. However, I need a holistic grade (meaning, support details and commentary), organization, sentence fluency, word choice, conventions, etc. As we get closer to the end of the year, I replace the FCAs with the Traits at the top of the page. Sometimes, we are only using 3 Traits; sometimes, they focus on more. Obviously my students who are more advanced can assess more without getting overwhelmed. This, too, can be individualized. I posted an example of it on the blog. Feel free to download it and modify it to fit your needs. I use rubrics based on the Traits of Writing. The student assess and score their writing based on a 5 point rubric: Thorough, Literal, Few Gaps, Many Gaps, Confused or Inaccurate. This rubric reflects our state testing rubric. I hope this helps. ~Mary
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