• Violeta JANUSHEVA full professor
  • Milena PEJCHINOVSKA Faculty of Education – Bitola
  • Jove TALEVSKI full professor


Key words: introductory paragraph; assessment; criteria; indicators; preciseness; analytical lists.


In the teaching practice, the essays assessment is quite challenging due to their complex nature. Thus, to increase the objectivity of their assessment, analytical lists (rubrics) are recommended. From here, this paper deals with an attempt to establish general criteria, and to examine the criteria and the indicators for essay assessment made by teachers regarding their measurement. This research is a qualitative one, and the sample consists of several analytic lists made by teachers that refer to the introductory paragraph of a five paragraph essay which can be seen as an essay itself. Interpretative analysis, synthesis and comparison are the methods used for processing the data and reaching conclusions. The research points out that despite the efforts, some of the criteria and all of the indicators for assessment of the introductory paragraph cannot be made measurable and precise enough, primarily, due to the complex nature of the written text, which includes students’ personal believes, attitudes, ideas and writing style which are subjected to the teachers’ personal believes, attitudes, ideas and style.



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