Most of the time… I am a mess. At the beginning of the year, I have everything in its place. Then after the first day of school, I am constantly looking for things. I want to give you a few tips for organizing your reading and writing rubrics now.
The Anchor Charts
If you have our Guiding Readers series, these anchor charts will look familiar. Deanna and I have been wanting to create skills based reading rubrics to go along with the anchor charts. BUT FIRST we wanted to update the anchor charts so they would look like our writing anchor charts… OY! The need to have matchy-match is REAL! You can see our writing anchor charts in this picture.
So we went through both editions of the Guiding Readers units and created an additional version. If you have previously purchased these units, you can get this update for FREE by going to “My Purchases” on TpT. We left the older version in there if you want them, but added these as an option.
Then we created reading rubrics to go with each of the reading skills. There are 15 different rubrics in 4 different formats.
Here is my tip… I laminated the black line master of the rubric to the back of the reading anchor chart. I know the 4-to-a-page version of this rubric would work best for me.
So let’s say on Monday, my lesson calls for a schema lesson and this is a lesson I want to assess. I would simply put the reading rubric on the copy machine and…
Viola! the rubric is ready to go!
Then students would write their response then I could attach the schema rubric! Simple!
For the writing rubric... I keep them in the binders with the actual unit.
This is what my lamination situation looks like at home. But in truth… this is not the full picture. I actually have 3 laminators (one has been edited out!) The 3M film is thick enough that you can print these anchor charts and rubrics on plain paper. You can find a similar laminator HERE. They are not as expensive as you would think. I have collected these over the last few years. The cheap ones work just as good as the expensive ones in my opinion… so I went CHEAP! I like to have more than one because you can do the dueling-banjo routine with 2.
There you have it… your reading and writing rubrics are now organized for the whole YEAR!
If you are looking for JUST the reading anchor charts and rubrics, you can find them HERE.