The TDA Rubric

In this section, we are going to take a look at the TDA rubric.

I need to build the background just a bit more. To explain what I studied, I’ll use the TDA Rubric. Remember, this is the tool that is used in many states to score student essays.

You’ll also want to study the Look Fors on the rubric and become familiar with them.

On this page, I’ve just taken each of the Look Fors and have given them a row of their own. I know I’ll want to do that later anyway – for building an instructional, kid-friendly rubric.

All of the wording is the same, I’ve just put everything into rows for a rough alignment check.

I’d like to show you the general alignment between the TDA Rubric – at Level 4 – and the Claims and Targets (which are aligned to the standards).

Because this assessment is going to be assigned to CLAIM 2, Writing, I checked the alignment for Claim 2, Writing. I did this Look For, by Look For.

But then, I noticed something quite important, something that parallels with what I learned with the data, and what I learned watching the videos.

Animation (Arrows): Notice there are some Look Fors, to which the writing claims do not align.


What seems to me, to be missing is the specific instructions to students that help them tie the READING ANALYSIS AS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING they are doing to the writing which is how they are communicating what they are thinking.

Three documents to inform your work in working with Text-Dependent Analysis Essays.

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