A few days ago, the grade 6 group got together to produce a student generated assessment rubric for an upcoming assignment. The assignment is called ‘Artistic Response to the Woods Runner or Fever.” Simply, the objective of the assignment is to draw a scene from the novel that illustrates a connection to the central idea (Struggle and conflict can stimulate artistic expression). After creating the illustration, students will write a short, but concise paragraph explaining the importance of the scene in connection with the central idea.
After introducing the assignment, students were then tasked with creating an assessment rubric. This process was led by Mrs. Ferguson with the support of Ms. Y and Mr. R-J. The whole process took an hour and proved very valuable. Students first chose the criteria to which they would be assessed on which included Visual Representation, Written Component, Paragraph Structure and Vocabulary and Usage. The next step, and definitely the most challenging, was writing the descriptors at each of the four levels. It was especially interesting witnessing the student’s improvement from the start of the process to the end. Creating rubrics can be a bit tricky, but the 6’s did a great job on their first one of the year. At the end of the process, the students had created a well detailed and thorough assessment rubric.