Writing Assessment Rubric

 Variations of the rubric above will be used to assess Final Draft writing assignments.

           Quality

 

Criteria

5

4

3

2

1

Exceeds Expectations

Meets Expectations

Approaches Expectations

Below Expectations

Significantly Below Expectations

Ideas

Content Development

Facts
Reasons
Incidents
Examples
Details

Consistent focus on topic and purpose; supporting ideas fully elaborated and relevant

Consistent focus on topic and purpose; supporting ideas developed and relevant

Generally consistent focus on topic and purpose; most supporting
ideas developed / relevant

Limited focus on topic and purpose; supporting ideas vague, general, and/or undeveloped

Lack of focus on assigned topic and purpose; absence of supporting ideas; lacks a sense of completeness

Organization

 

Creates an organizing structure appropriate to purpose, audience and context.

Introduction engages; conclusion provides strong sense of closure; effective use of varied transitions

 

Strong and fluid flow of ideas

Introduction sets stage; conclusion ends piece without repetition; logical grouping of ideas in paragraphs; varied transitions used

Introduction is clear, and conclusion provides closure; related ideas generally grouped in paragraphs; transitions link parts of the paper

May lack or use ineffective introduction or conclusion; limited use of transitions

No evidence of organizing strategy; unclear sequence of ideas; lacks introduction and/or conclusion; lack of transitions

Style

Carefully crafted phrases and sentences; varied, precise, and engaging language; extensive variety of sentence length and beginnings

Word choice precise and engaging; sentences vary in length and structure

Word choice generally engaging; some variation in sentence length and structure

Word choice is simple and ordinary; little variation in sentence structure and length

Word choice is inaccurate or confusing; lack of sentence variety

Conventions

Mechanics
Usage
Grammar
Spelling

Clean & Correct

Correct end punctuation; infrequent errors (if any)

Correct end punctuation; correct mechanics with few errors; errors generally minor and do not interfere with meaning

Sentences generally correct; occasional run-ons or fragments; few errors interfere with meaning

Simple sentences correct; end punctuation missing or incorrect; frequent errors interfere with meaning

Frequent fragments and run-ons; end punctuation incorrect or lacking; frequent and severe errors interfere with or obscure meaning