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Papers, Papers, Papers: An English Teacher's Survival Guide / Edition 1

Papers, Papers, Papers: An English Teacher's Survival Guide / Edition 1

by Carol Jago
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325008288
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 07/27/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 620,254
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

About the Author

Carol Jago has taught English in middle and high school for 32 years and is associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. She served as president of the National Council of Teachers of English and chair of the College Board's English Academic Advisory committee. Carol has published many books with Heinemann including With Rigor for All: Meeting Standards for Reading Literature; Papers, Papers, Papers; Classics in the Classroom; and Cohesive Writing: Why Concept Is Not Enough. She has also published books on contemporary multicultural authors for NCTE. Carol wrote an education column for the Los Angeles Times, and her essays continue to appear in educational journals and online forums. Carol edits California English the journal of the California Association of Teachers of English and worked on the planning committee for the 2009 National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) Reading Framework and the 2011 NAEP Writing Framework. She is a consulting author on the HMH Collections program. In 2015 Carol was awarded the International Literacy Association's Adolescent Literacy Thought Leader Award and in 2016 the CEL Exemplary Leadership Award. She has been named by the U.S. Department of Education to serve on the National Assessment Governing Board overseeing the NAEP assessments. She can be reached at or on Twitter @CarolJago . Listen to an interview with Carol Jago on Education Talk Radio - 2/23/2012 (34:20)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Don't Let the Papers Get You Down

Comment Rather Than Correct

Level 1: Identify Mechanical Errors

Level 2: Rephrase and Revise for Clarity and Style

Level 3: Comment on Content

Using Scoring Guides and Rubrics

Response to Literature Rubric

Persuasive Writing Rubric

Informative Writing Scoring Guide

Leave It to Machines!

A Brief History of Computer Scoring

Classroom Tools for Online Scoring

Educators' Concerns

My Reader Is a Computer

Misery Loves Company

Grading Parties

Large-Scale Scoring Sessions Versus Remote Readings

With Confidence Comes Speed

Peer Assessment and Self-Assessment

Pairing Peers for Guided Response

Self-Assessment Strategies

The Sweet Sixteen

Alternatives to Essays

Expert Group Reports

Research Without the Papers

Responses in Verse

Motivating Students

Lives on the Boundary

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 One Hand for the Ship, One Hand for Yourself

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