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Re: "September 11" by a 5th grader was scored '1'
by Crystal Conklin - Thursday, February 16, 2006, 11:03 AM
 
Wow, scoring all over the board on this one!  I went with a 3, giving the student credit for figuring out how to take a topic and support it with details but finding the topic and details in need of much refinement.  I wouldn't say the paper had "no clear sense of purpose or central theme," required for a rating of "1," because the student did have a general theme of Sept. 11 that all ideas connected to.  I was certain I could not give the paper a 5 because it was too broad; even if the student was trying for a broad encyclopedia-style definition he didn't quite succeed, for then the information about making flags in class didn't tie in well.