Papers, Papers, Papers: An English Teacher's Survival Guide by Carol JagoPapers, Papers, Papers: An English Teacher's Survival Guide by Carol Jago

Papers, Papers, Papers: An English Teacher's Survival Guide

byCarol Jago

Paperback | September 27, 2005

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Grades 6-12


You're reading as fast as you can, but the pile of unread essays grows taller and taller. Guilt mounts. Students want to know when their papers will come back. Grading begins consuming all your energy, your weekends, your life.


Grading papers is a fact of life, especially in English classrooms, and the paper load is a leading cause of teacher burnout. Fortunately, Carl Jago's here to help, and in Papers, Papers, Papers, she offers you advice honed from thirty-one years in the English classroom and forty-five thousand papers worth of grading. You'll not only get through stacks of papers, but you'll do so accurately, completely, and with the time you need to give each and every student in your classes the attention they deserve.

Ever practical and always professional, Jago suggests techniques that can be implemented right away to turn your mountain of essays into a foothill. She covers every aspect of attentive grading, including:

  • responding to student drafts
  • commenting rather than correcting
  • using scoring guides and rubrics for common expectations
  • fostering improvement from one paper to the next
  • effective peer- and self-editing
  • suggestions for alternatives to essays.
  • With all this and her Ten Tips for Handling the Paper Load, Carol Jago gives you everything you need to keep on top of student papers.

Title:Papers, Papers, Papers: An English Teacher's Survival GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.4 inPublished:September 27, 2005Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0325008280

ISBN - 13:9780325008288

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Table of Contents

    Introduction: Don't Let the Papers Get You Down

    1. Comment Rather Than Correct
      Level 1: Identify Mechanical Errors
      Level 2: Rephrase and Revise for Clarity and Style
      Level 3: Comment on Content

    2. Using Scoring Guides and Rubrics
      Response to Literature Rubric
      Persuasive Writing Rubric
      Informative Writing Scoring Guide

    3. Leave It to Machines!
      A Brief History of Computer Scoring
      Classroom Tools for Online Scoring
      Educators' Concerns
      My Reader Is a Computer

    4. Misery Loves Company
      Grading Parties
      Large-Scale Scoring Sessions Versus Remote Readings
      With Confidence Comes Speed

    5. Peer Assessment and Self-Assessment
      Pairing Peers for Guided Response
      Self-Assessment Strategies
      The Sweet Sixteen

    6. Alternatives to Essays
      Expert Group Reports
      Research Without the Papers
      Responses in Verse
      Motivating Students
      Lives on the Boundary

    7. Uncommon Sense for Handling the Paper Load
      Do Teacher Comments Matter?
      Responding to Student Drafts
      Fostering Improvement From One Paper to the Next
      Husbanding Your Strength
      Ten Tips for Handling the Paper Load
      The Writing Process Revisited

    8. One Hand for the Ship, One Hand for Yourself