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Session Topic: Feedback on Student Writing


Kenneth Sherwood
Lit Crit Mentoring Program

As writing teachers, an important way we guide students toward becoming stronger writers is through the feedback we give on student writing. We typically provide our responses through: 1) marginal comments; 2) summary comments; 3) one-to-one conferences. In this mentoring session, we'll discuss and practice strategies for leaving written comments as well as some of the less effective habits about which we should be wary.

For the sake of discussion, let's assume we're leaving comments on a draft or a piece of writing which may be revised later in the semester for portfolio; in other words, it is NOT a final piece of writing.


Scan Your Own Practice

1.) What are your goals in leaving marginal comments?



2.) What should a good final comment accomplish?




3.) What is most difficult about providing feedback on student writing?



4.) What are some of the pitfalls (ineffective commenting patterns) into which you may have fallen from time to time?




Handout: Tips from the Field (Selections from teaching guides developed by Wash U., UC Berkeley, and Harvard)