Saturday, June 16, 2012

Welcome Stephanie from Falling into First: Illustration Rubric!


Hey all!! This is Stephanie from Falling Into First and I'm super excited to be guest blogging today!!

I heart Lacey's blog and I know you all do too, so we all already have that in common :)

Today I want to share with you all something new I will be implementing in my classroom this year! It's the first of many self assessment writing rubrics I will be teaching my first graders how to use. I'm on the curriculum committee at my school and one of our big goals for next year is to improve writing at all grade levels K-8. As part of this process, something we would like to see happen is to have teachers post exemplar writing pieces in their classrooms to show students what our expectations are for great writing. We also want to promote the habit of self assessment.

The more we talked about it the more I thought wow, why haven't I thought of this before?! Hollar if you're a visual learner!! I know I am. I know most of my kids are too. So why not give them clear visuals that show them exactly what it is I'm asking them to do?!

As with anything, the concept of self assessment and rating their own work is going to have to be introduced slowly with lots of modeling on my end. So to start off the year I created this. Meet my Illustration Rubric.

Yep, I'm the budding artist of these three masterpieces :)

The first quarter of first grade is NOT the best time to try and teach my kiddos how to evaluate their own writing. We're too busy learning the basics: writing from left to right, using proper spacing, using nice hand writing, and learning the pieces of a complete sentence. But from day one regardless of if a student is willing to write one word or 40 words,  I have them add illustrations to their writing. They illustrate all year however, I still have kids trying to turn in pencil colored bare bone illustrations in May. {This. Drives. Me. Loco.} But hopefully, this year will be different!

Here are some close ups of each exemplar on my Illustration Rubric. 

           (1- Scribble city! Look familiar?)

(2- This one is on the right track...)

           (3- And this is what I'm looking for!!)

I also made this to help teach my kids HOW to draw people.

As the year goes on I will begin to introduce samples of 1, 2, 3, and 4 pieces of writing . By the time we get there I think my kids will have a firm grasp on how to use a rubric to check their work. I also think the Illustration Rubric will be a great way to begin conversations about adding details and defining what details are.

If you think you can use either of these tools in your classroom then you can download the templates for free HERE in my TPT shop. 

I would love to hear how you use self assessment strategies in your classroom or what your thoughts are on it!

Thanks to all of you for checking out my guest spot today!  I hope you will remember to come by and visit me sometime. And a big thank you again to Miss. Lacey for letting me fill in!!


  1. I love this idea!! Great post Stephanie. :) I can't wait to make this for my classroom!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. Such a great idea! This year I struggled to get my Kindergarteners to add lots of details and use lots of colors in their illustrations. This will be perfect...thank you for sharing!


  3. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing Stephanie. Great way to let students know what is expected.
    "The Wonderful World of Kindergarten"

  4. This is so fantastic!!! I will definitely use this with my kindergartners this year. Sometimes you forget that they need to be taught even the most basic things... like coloring!

  5. These are fantastic. I started using this in January and it was a great tool to help the students know what it needs to look like. I could always refer to it when students turned in something that could have looked better. Thank you so much for the templates!

  6. What if the dog is purple? Would that get a 0? I've totally seen that in my classroom. :) Thanks for the idea. I think this would be very helpful! We make a lot of classroom books where the kids illustrate a page. This would come in handy for that too.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  7. Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing it with us! :)

    Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives

  8. Great idea and it is so clear for what is expected!
    Conversations in Literacy

  9. Followed Stephanie over here...and now I'm Lacey's newest follower!! Great post Stephanie:) Thanks so much for such a wonderful resource!

  10. i love the way you teach how to draw a person. I will be teaching this the first week of school. Thanks for sharing

  11. Thanks for sharing, Stephanie and Lacey. I don't use rubrics like that, but I can see how they'd be a very good visual for the kiddies who need them.
    Take care!

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  12. I love this Stephanie!!! Thank you so much for sharing :)


  13. Our school district is pushing us to get our Kindergarteners (well all students) to self evaluate and I have struggled with how to get a 5 year old to do this... Lets be realistic.. all 5 year olds think they are the best lol... so This is a great way to try it. and see how they can rate their own work.

  14. This will be perfect in my classroom! Thank you for sharing. And I must say, you are a much better drawer than I am!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  15. I can't wait to post the "How To Draw A Person" Poster! I am the worst at drawing bodies so I just draw stick figures. Now I need to take your advice and do the same. The kids will see my hard work and hopefully will stop drawing stick figures too! Thanks! I am your newest follower!
    Patterson's Porch



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