Writing Rubrics, finally!

I don’t know about anybody else, but it took me FOREVER to create a writing rubric that worked for me.  My district uses a particular writing program called “Step Up to Writing” which is really helpful, but I was not satisfied with the rubrics.  I was more drawn to rubrics that assessed each of the six traits of writing separately.  I feel that this is a more effective way to assess writing, so that the students can become aware of their strengths and weaknesses.  In the past, when their writing was given just one letter grade, the students simply based that one grade on whether they were a “good” writer or not.  But we, as teachers, know that students can have wonderful ideas, but poor conventions.  Or a student might demonstrate perfect spelling, grammar, organization, etc., but lack substantive ideas.  You get the picture.

This rubric has helped me give better and more effective feedback to the students.  Now, they are able to choose one area to grow and feel proud of the areas in which they excel.  I am loving the results!

The rubric packet is on sale right now!  Hope you like it!

Page 1 of writing rubric I use at the beginning of the year.  More detailed than the side-by-side rubric.
Page 1 of writing rubric I use at the beginning of the year. More detailed than the side-by-side rubric.
Page 2 (back side) of page 1 rubric.  I use this so students can see how I grade each trait of writing.  I circle where the students are for each trait and then give the final grade on the other side.
Page 2 (back side) of page 1 rubric. I use this so students can see how I grade each trait of writing. I circle where the students are for each trait and then give the final grade on the other side.
Writing Criteria Chart printed side-by-side to save paper.   I only use this one at the end of the year when the students are familiar with the rubric and how their writing is scored.
Writing Criteria Chart printed side-by-side to save paper. I only use this one at the end of the year when the students are familiar with the rubric and how their writing is scored.
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