Publications & Resources

Writing What You Read: Assessment as a Learning Event

Dec 1993

Shelby Wolf and Maryl Gearhart

This report focuses on the central role of teachers’ interpretative assessments in guiding the growth of young writers. The teacher serves as critical reader and responder, providing commendations and recommendations for further growth. But the teacher is not the only expert. Students too are encouraged to participate in assessment dialogues, reflecting, analyzing, and contributing to their growth. The authors of this report propose a new scheme to guide teachers’ and students’ reflection. Focusing on narrative criticism and composition, the scheme is based on eight components of narrative: genre, theme, characters, setting, plot, point of view, style, and tone.

Wolf, S., & Gearhart, M. (1993). Writing what you read: Assessment as a learning event (CSE Report 358). Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles, National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).