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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 29th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

*bow, flourish*

Happy to be of service! This set of generic fiction questions comes out of my background teaching and editing.

A lot of the grading rubrics are just ... bad. They're biased or incomplete or downright sloppy. But it's not really all that difficult to build a good one; there are plenty of good ones out there. Some of them will provide a scale and give examples of what each level of skill delivers in that area. A really good rubric will let even a novice first-reader in a writing class or group read a story with an eye to providing feedback, then check off the parameters on the sheet and add any comments that weren't covered in those sections. It makes the process much easier. That is, if you're actually reading the whole story. If you don't plan to read the whole story, then it's more work because you have to do that in order to fill out the form. I've gotten into fights over that with people who had ought to of known better.

Much of what I do involves some combination of two things: 1) stacking up a mass of data and distilling its core concepts, and/or 2) taking a very close look at things to see exactly how they work, and explaining that.
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