SELF-EVALUATION AND WRITING
Laura Brady, Department
of English at West Virginia University.
Erika Lindemann provides overviews of various types of response--including
self-evaluation--in her book A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers (3rd
ed.; Oxford UP, 1995; Chapter 14, pages 216-45). Here's what she says about
Self evaluation typically requires students to answer questions
designed to elicit information about their work. Students submit their
answers when they turn in a draft or a final version. Although self-evaluation
questions should change with each assignment to reflect the work students
are doing, Beaven (p. 143) offers . . .[generic] questions as a starting
point. [Cited below]. . . .Self-evaluation benefits teachers as well as
students. The answers to self-evaluation questions tell us what concerns
students. As they become more aware of what they wanted to do and where
a paper fails to realize their intentions, we can offer help . . . . (Lindemann,
Standard Questions to Use as Starting Points
Alternative: In place of a list of questions, especially as students
become familiar with self-evaluation, some instructors prefer to ask students
to write a couple summary paragraphs in which they note what they think
works well and what areas they think they still need to strengthen.
How much time did you spend on this paper?
(After the first evaluation or set of peer comments) What did you try to
improve, or experiment with, on this paper? How successful were you? If
you have questions about what you were trying to do, what are they?
What are the strengths of your paper? Place a star beside those passages
that you think work best in your paper.
What passages could be stronger? Place a question mark beside passages
where you would like your reader [peer or instructor] to offer advice or
corrections. Place a question mark over any punctuation, spelling, usage,
etc., where you need help or clarification.
What one thing will you do to improve your next piece of writing? Or what
kind of experimentation in writing would you like to try?
(Optional) What grade would you give yourself on this paper? Explain it.
SOURCE: Beaven, Mary. H. "Individualized Goal-Setting,
Self-Evaluation, and Peer Evaluation." Evaluating Writing: Describing,
Measuring, Judging. Eds. Charles R. Cooper and Lee Odell. Urbana, IL:
NCTE, 1977. 135-56. Quoted in Lindemann, 237-38.