If your assignment requires in-line comments, you should plan to add ~4 comments per page directly to student work using the comment feature in Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. This is in addition to, not in place of, the individual student scoring and summary strengths and growths.
Note: The requirement is per (double-spaced) page, not per paper! A 3-page paper should have approximately 12 in-line comments! A single-spaced paper should contain ~8 comments per full page. Half pages still count as half pages: A 1.5-page double-spaced paper should have roughly 6 comments.
In-line comments are meant to help support students to the next draft of their writing. This is a chance to point out very specific places where something in a student's writing works really well or could be clarified or further developed. You can ask probing questions where you're confused about connections in the student's writing or point out ways to make organization more clear. There's a little more room here to point out grammar or spelling mistakes, but your comments should still primarily be focused on content and overall coherence.
We recommend making these comments as you read the student’s work and before writing summary feedback (often making these notes as you go will help you know what to focus on in summary feedback!).
Comments should be thoughtful and still meet all hallmarks of effective feedback. Time estimates are increased (by about a minute per page) for in-line comments, but these comments should not add considerable time to your grading. Generally, the level of specificity in these comments means your summary feedback may be just a bit briefer than on a standard assignment, but summary feedback should still be useful on its own for students and teachers, and it is okay if it reinforces comments that you made in-line.
(Related: troubleshooting in-line comment access)
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