How do I grade student responses to writing prompts?

Who can do this with default capabilities?


Once you have assigned students a writing prompt, and they have completed it, it's time to grade their work! While comprehension question assignments are graded immediately by the computer, writing assignments require teacher grading.

There are three ways to grade student writing.

Grading Method #1

Select Reports in the left navigation bar and then select ELA. Then, scroll down to select Article Writing Report. "Ungraded Writing Assignments" will appear at the top of the page. By selecting   Grade on the right of the following page, you will be able to review writing assignments by article.

Grading Method #2

Select Assignments in the left navigation bar. Make sure you have the correct class selected in the drop-down list at the top of the page. Below, you will see a list of current assignments to students. If you select the blue arrow to the left , you will be able to see each student's individual assignment. By selecting the blue arrow to the right of a particular student   , you will be able to pull up the writing assignment list page.

Grading Method #3

Select Activity Feed in the left navigation bar. You can choose to select writing only in the ELA drop-down list or just scroll down to find the student whose assignment you'd like to review. Select the drop-down icon on the left of the student's name. If the assignment is complete, a blue arrow will appear on the right side   . By selecting this arrow, it will take you to the same review page.

All three methods described above will get you to this page—reviewing all assignments on an article. Select See Results.

Here is an example of a prompt preview once you have selected See Results on the left side.

Once reviewed, you can give a grade of 1, 2, 3, or 4 to the student.

The following grading scale is used:

  1. Below Grade Level
  2. Approaching Grade Level
  3. At Grade Level
  4. Exceeding Grade Level

Select Save when you are done. You will see that that the student's assignment is now listed as Graded. You are always able to go back to review students' work once it is graded.

We leave the grading of Freckle writing responses up to the teacher, as every class, school, and grade has different standards and expectations for writing. However, we have also come up with three basic rubrics, one for each type of writing, and welcome you to use them. For each rubric, level 4 represents the highest quality response in terms of thoroughness and development, with level 1 being the lowest.

You can find each of the rubrics below:

Opinion/Argument Writing Rubric

Informational/Expository Writing Rubric

Narrative Writing Rubric