Instructions For Using The Scoring Services
- Students may submit one composition per composition assignment in the EIW textbooks.
- Students may submit one composition at a time.
- All compositions will be scored within 10 calendar days or fewer from the date of submission.
- The Scoring Service is conducted online through Canvas by Instructure.
The Scoring Service is not a proper course; it is a complementary service to the Essentials in Writing textbooks. This means that your student is in control of what they submit and when they submit. For middle school students and high school students who are not yet working independently, we recommend that parents and teachers actively monitor if and what the students are submitting.
Your student may submit one composition per composition assignment in the EIW textbooks. Once an assignment has been scored, students cannot resubmit a new or revised composition to that same Assignment Slot.
Allowed Submissions Per Level:
|Level 7||2 paragraphs, 1 dialogue, 1 imagery exercise, 1 narrative, 1 letter, 2 essays, 1 summary, 1 descriptive writing, 1 research paper; 11 total submissions|
|Level 8||5 paragraphs, 1 dialogue, 1 narrative, 1 summary, 1 letter, 2 essays, 1 research paper;
12 total submissions
|Level 9||5 paragraphs, 1 summary, 4 essays, 1 research paper; 11 total submissions|
|Level 10||5 paragraphs, 1 summary, 4 essays, 1 research paper; 11 total submissions|
|Level 11||6 paragraphs, 4 essays, 1 research paper; 11 total submissions|
|Level 12||6 paragraphs, 5 essays, 1 research paper; 12 total submissions|
Your student may submit compositions at any pace. This service is not a proper course, so there are no required due dates for any assignment. Compositions may be submitted at any time within the indicated school year.
However, do not submit a composition until the previous composition has been scored. When multiple compositions are submitted at once, only the earliest submission is considered officially “received” by the scorer.
We encourage your student to submit their composition as soon as they complete the assignment so that the information and their own thought processes are fresh in their minds when they receive their score. In order to make the most out of the Scoring Services, students should pay attention to the feedback our scorers provide and then implement any suggestions into their next composition.
For this reason, it is important for students to only submit one composition at a time. If students submit multiple assignments without waiting for feedback, they will probably make the same mistakes in multiple papers. This will result in lost points and lower scores that the student could have avoided if they had waited for feedback.
Feedback to submissions will be given within 10 calendar days. Generally, scorers will return feedback much quicker (within 3-7 days); however, because of the number of students served by each of our scorers, the 10-day allowance may be necessary during exceptionally busy periods.
Feedback on submissions will include:
- in-text comments (detailed comments, suggestions, and corrections throughout the composition)
- a point value score (eg. 47/50 pts)
- a completed rubric
- a one-paragraph general comment about the strengths of the composition as well as suggestions for improvement.
All responses will be addressed to the student, not the parents or teachers.
All correspondence between the scorer and the student will be conducted through Canvas. When a student completes a composition assignment, the student will upload the document to the proper Assignment Slot on Canvas. The composition will be scored within 10 calendar days of submission. Depending on the notification preferences in your student’s Canvas Account, your student may or may not be notified when a composition has been scored.
In order to maximize the utility of the service but also keep costs low, the Scoring Service uses the Free for Teachers version of the Canvas program. This program is not owned or operated by Essentials in Writing. While we can help guide you about certain aspects of Canvas that will be important to the use of the Scoring Service, please be aware that you may have to contact Canvas Support directly if you experience a technical problem.
Specific guides for how to use Canvas for the Scoring Services can be found here.