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3rd Grade Homework Guide and Self-reflection Checklist
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Almost There (3)Nice Job (4)WOW! (5)
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Ideas
and
Organization
*Just beginning to figure out what I want to
say.
*I haven’t shared much information. I don’t seem
to know much about this topic.
*My details are so vague it’s hard to picture
anything.
*There really isn’t a beginning or introduction to my paper. It just takes off.
*My ideas seem scrambled, jumbled and
disconnected.
*Conclusion! Oops, I forgot.
*Some really good parts, some not there
yet!
*Details are general (nice, fun, some, good.)
*I have a beginning but it doesn’t really grab you or give clues about what is coming.
*Sometimes it is not clear how some of the
details connect to the story or main idea.
*My story basically follow a good order, a few things might be out of sequence.
*I have a conclusion, but it is just ok.
*I know a lot about this topic and added
interesting tidbits.
*I showed what was happening instead of telling.
*My beginning grabs the reader’s attention and gives clues about what is coming.
*My details are in the right place.
*My story follows a good sequence.
*I ended at a good spot. I have a strong
conclusion or ending.
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Conventions
and
Word
Choice
*Spelling errors are common, even simple words.
*Capital letters are scattered all over or not at all.
*Punctuation is very limited and makes reading
this paper difficult.
*Frequent grammatical errors, I haven’t spent
much time editing this paper.
*My words don’t make pictures yet.
*Some of my words are misused.
*Over and over I used the same words over and
over, until my paper was over.
*Spelling is correct on simple words. It may not
be right on harder words.
*Most sentences and proper nouns begin with
capitals, but a few have been over looked.
*Problems in punctuation make the reader
stumble and pause now and then.
*I used everyday words pretty well but I did not
stretch for a new and better way to say things.
*Most of the time the reader will figure out what I mean even if a few words are messed up.
*My words aren’t real specific. Better, juicy details.
*My spelling is accurate.
*I have used capitals correctly.
*Every paragraph is indented to show where a
new idea begins.
*Periods, commas, exclamation marks, and
quotation marks are in the right places.
*My grammar is consistent and shows control.
*My words are colorful, snappy, vital, brisk and
fresh.
*Look at all my energetic verbs!
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Sentence
Fluency
and
Voice
*As I read my paper I have to go back and read
over, just to figure out the sentence.
*The sentence patterns are repetitive.
*I’m having a hard time telling where one
sentence stops and another begins.
*If you didn’t already know, you might not
know who wrote this paper.
*I sound like a robot.
*My paper makes the reader yawn.
*My paper is all telling and no showing.
*Some of my sentences are smooth and
natural, but others are halting.
*When I read my paper, most of the
sentences have the same patterns.
*Many sentences begin the same way.
*I have used more words than necessary.
*My writing is right on the edge of being funny,
excited, scary, or honest—but it is not there yet.
*My personality pokes through here and there.
*I’ve done more telling than showing.
*Some are long and stretchy. Some are
short and snappy.
*Sentence beginnings vary.
*Good sentence sense. My sentence flows.
*I have put my personal stamp on this. It’s me!
*Readers can tell I’m talking right to them.
*My paper is full of feelings and the reader will know how I feel.
*Nobody else sounds like this.
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