I created a writing checklist (For narrative writing – start with a startling statement. Use time transition words to move your story along) for my students’ writing. We went over it. We used it to evaluate a piece of writing. Then I asked the students to self-evaluate themselves using the checklist before they handed in their own writing. Every student self-assessed that they had done all of the items on the checklist when they had not. They could not discriminate between the reality and their perception.
A key question is how can I help them to better understand the checklist so that it becomes an effective tool to help them. They cannot better their own writing unless they can analyze it critically. I will probably ask them to paraphrase each of the items on the checklist, pair-share, and then we will evaluate more writing against it.
Does anyone else have any suggestions on increasing their ability to use a checklist, rubric, or rating scale?