Monday, November 30, 2015

Essay Grading Comment Bank

I actually look forward to grading essays since I went paperless. Alright, I don't really "look forward:" to it, but it's much less daunting to carry home a laptop rather than a stack of stapled papers. I use Google Docs to comment on the essays, and copying and pasting from comments saved on another doc has made the process both quicker and richer.

To make my comment bank, I copied comments as I graded a set of papers onto a doc. After several grading sessions, I had dozens of comments pasted. I then organized them into separate categories (mechanics, usage, grammar, style, organization, research issues) to make them easy to find. I also added links to websites and videos to allow students to get tutorials on each writing issue. So instead of students just getting "comma splice" as a comment, they also get a link to the Purdue Online Writing Lab website where the issue is explained in detail. 

Many tips and tricks make the Google Doc essay grading process work, but developing a comment bank document is invaluable. Here is my comment bank. Feel free to use and adapt it. 


  1. Fine list, Tim! Any chance of getting updated URLs, however? Getting 404 Not Found

    nginx/1.10.1 errors on each

    Thanks very much!

    1. Seriously? He did all the work here.. We can update links ourself. :)

  2. Thank you. This is brilliant work.

  3. I just LOVE that you reference The Oatmeal in your comments. Great stuff!

  4. Wow....just wow. My English teachers thank you.

  5. Thanks for taking the time to that, I feel strongly about this and so really like getting to know more on this kind of field. Do you mind updating your blog post with additional insight? It should be really useful for all of us.
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  6. I’m student of BBA and studied banking & finance as subject, now I’m thinking about to choose it as specialized subjects. My personal interest is in banking, which is allowing me to go through it. Thanks for sharing such an informative post. Keep it up.

  7. Great article it was very interesting and informative.Can you write my essay? I need a lot of help!

  8. Thank you Eric for your video and comment bank. I am working with some teachers tomorrow to show that how helpful Google Keep can be.
    Some of your links on the Comment sheet are dead, but I really appreciate you beginning the process for the teachers I work with. Have a great day!