Holt Online Essay Scoring provides the following types of feedback and instructional support:

 

Mode-Specific Holistic Scores

 

Special Advisories 

 

Analytic Feedback 

 

Writing Activities

 

Interactive Model Essays


Mode-Specific Holistic Scores
With each essay score, your students receive mode-specific descriptions of the scored essay. You can use our scoring rubrics to reinforce your teaching of the following writing modes:

 

Expository

4 point

6 point

 

Persuasive

4 point

6 point

 

How-To

4 point

6 point

 

Descriptive

4 point

6 point

 

Narrative

4 point

6 point

 

Biographical Narrative

4 point

6 point

 

Writing About Literature

4 point *

6 point

 

Writing About Nonfiction

4 point *

 

* In statewide writing assessment, prompts that ask the student to read and respond to a short piece of text are generally scored on a 4-point scale. On this site, therefore, prompts linked to a short story or short nonfiction article are scored on a 4-point scale for all users.

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Special Advisories

Sometimes an essay will differ substantially from the papers used to train the scoring system. This situation frequently occurs with three kinds of writing:

  1. essays that show a uniquely creative approach to the prompt
  2. essays that include unusual or awkward style
  3. essays that are substantially longer than the training papers

When the scoring system encounters an essay in one of these categories, the holistic score will include an advisory message for the writer and a recommendation that the student discuss the essay with you.

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Analytic Feedback
In addition to a holistic score, each essay is also assessed for five traits:

  • Content and Development
  • Focus and Organization
  • Effective Sentences
  • Word Choice
  • Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics

For each trait, the essay is assessed as advanced, competent, limited, or emerging. Holt Online Essay Scoring also provides a list of meaningful descriptors for each trait.

To view all level-specific analytic feedback, visit our analytic feedback page.

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Writing Activities
As further support for classroom writing practice, Holt Online Essay Scoring provides mode-specific practice to strengthen skills assessed by the prompt. For each holistic score, we have designed an activity appropriate for the level of writing displayed in the student’s practice essay.

 

Expository

4 point

6 point

 

Persuasive

4 point

6 point

 

How-To

4 point

6 point

 

Descriptive

4 point

6 point

 

Narrative

4 point

6 point

 

Biographical Narrative

4 point

6 point

 

Writing About Literature

4 point *

6 point

 

Writing About Nonfiction

4 point *

 

* In statewide writing assessment, prompts that ask the student to read and respond to a short piece of text are generally scored on a 4-point scale. On this site, therefore, prompts linked to a short story or short nonfiction article are scored on a 4-point scale for all users.

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