As I graded last Friday's book jackets, I was very disappointed in the results. I only had 3 100s, and a total of only 4 A's. All students were given the rubric, it was projected onto the board, and I read and explained it before they started. The part of the jacket they had the most trouble with was the connections. This was what several students put down as connections:
"I like to draw."
"I have read a book about clocks."
"I have a dog."
I see this type of connection when I walk down the 1st grade hallway. :( A GOOD connection states what you are connected to and what part of the book it is that connects you. For example, I had one student write down "I have a text-to-self connection to Diary of a Wimpy Kid because Greg has an older brother and so do I." THIS IS THE TYPE OF CONNECTION (and sentence) THAT FOURTH GRADERS SHOULD BE WRITING!
All rubrics were sent home this afternoon. Please take a minute to look at your child's grade to see what he/she missed. These book jackets are fun for them and should be an easy grade.
Thanks for all of your help!!!
P.S.--The covers were fantastic! I will NEVER complain about their artistic abilities!