Saturday, November 9, 2013

Evaluation & Feedback ~ The Writing Process in 2nd and 5th Grade

After working so hard on their five paragraph opinion essays, my 5th graders were anxious to share their work. I think it's important that the sharing be as meaningful as possible. I had my students evaluate their own writing, evaluate the writing of others, and give feedback. My students value each other's opinions and are really eager to both give and receive feedback. 

I had students reread their own essays first and use the highlighting tool in Microsoft Word to select the best piece of evidence to show that their restaurant would be a good one to try. They also filled out a feedback card for themselves to practice before giving feedback to their peers.

Then it was time to evaluate and give feedback to their peers. The students loved rotating to other students' computers and reading their essays. I had them use a different color highlighter each time they selected new evidence. 

After about six rotations, my students couldn't wait to get back to their own computers and read their feedback!

This opinion essay writing unit is available in my TPT store here.

My 2nd graders' robot paragraphs turned out great! They drew a picture in Kid Pix and typed their paragraph in Microsoft Word. The cute tech alphabet was made by Elementary Techie Teacher.

For evaluation and feedback, I copied these cards front and back so that the "I liked" was on one side and the "I have a question" was on the other.
I had my students work in groups of three to read their paragraphs. The listeners each wrote what they liked, wrote a question, and read them to the author. I stapled the cards to their printed paragraphs for them to keep.


This informative writing unit is available in mt TPT store here.

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I hope you enjoyed reading about my evaluating and feedback activities!


  1. I love your feedback card idea! I think it would really add to their own writing being able to see other's pieces as well.

  2. What a fun way to give and receive feedback! You are right -- this is an important skill and I'm happy that your students embrace it so readily.

    Thanks for linking up!
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