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RUBRIC

Ideas & Content

Organization

Voice

Word Choice

Lively, interesting, &


memorable writing keeps
the reader's attention. Ideas
are supported by details

Introduction is inviting.
Ideas & important details &
paragraphs fit where placed.
Transitions used effectively
between ideas & paragraphs.
Ending is effective.

The reader feels the


author's emotions.
Writing sounds real &
has personality.

Writer uses appropriate


descriptive
Vocabulary.

Writer knows topic really


well;
Early Life, Significant
Events,
Contributions, Char. Traits
& Conclusion all included;
Many interesting details.

Carefully organized with


varied transitions;
Lead grabs reader's
attention;
Conclusion works well;
Details &paragraphs are in
right order.

Writer's personality
comes through in a
special way;
Writer's voice is
lively & confident.

EarlyLife,Significant
Events,Contributions,
Char.Traits&Conclusion
allincluded;
Writerknowsthetopic;
Mostdetailsfit&are
interesting.

Hassometransitions;
Mostpartsofpaperfit
together;
Mostdetails&paragraphs
areinrightorder.

MissingONEormoreof
thefollowing:
EarlyLife,Significant
Events,Contributions,
Char.Traits&Conclusion;
Writerdoesntknow
enoughaboutthetopic;
Needsmoredetails.

MissingTWOormoreof
thefollowing:
EarlyLife,Significant
Events,Contributions,
Char.Traits&
Conclusion;
Writerdoesn'tknowtopic
Detailslacking;
Ideasmissingordon't
makesense.

Sentence Fluency

Conventions

The writing flows.


Writer uses different
beginnings & lengths
for sentences.

The writer shows a clear


understanding of
capitalization,
punctuation, spelling &
grammar.

Has a variety of
strong words;
Words create vivid
pictures in reader's
mind.

Has creative
sentences of different
kinds & lengths;
Sentences flow,
making the writing
enjoyable to read.

Has FEW or NO errors


in
capitalization,
punctuation, spelling &
grammar;
Writing is easy to read.

Mostofthetime
thewriter'svoice
&personalityshow
upinthewriting.

Writinghassome
strongwords;
Somewordscreate
picturesinthereader's
mind.

Sentencesare
differentlengths;
Sentenceshave
variedbeginnings;
Sentencesfittogether
well.

HasFEWerrorsin
capitalization,
punctuation,spelling&
grammar;
Soundscorrectwhen
readaloud.

Fewtransitionsused;
Toomanydetailsareoutof
order.

Sometimesthe
writer'svoicecomes
through;
Writingdoesnot
drawthereaderin.

Toomanydull,
ordinarywords.
Somewordsjustdon't
fit.

Sentencesaretoo
shortortoolong;
Samebeginnings
usedoverandover;
Readerisconfused&
hastorereadfor
meaning.

Toomanyerrorsin
capitalization,
punctuation,spelling&
grammarmakethe
writingdifficulttoread;
Editingisneeded.

Paragraphsand/or
transitionsmissing;
Toomanydetailsareout
oforder.

Writingisflat;
Writer'svoicedoes
notcomethroughat
all.

Wordsdon'tshow
thewriter'smeaning;
Readerisconfused
bythewriter'schoice
ofwords.

Notenoughcomplete
sentences;
Writingdoesnot
makesense.

Capitalization,
punctuation,spelling&
grammarmistakes
makethewriting
impossibletoread&
understanding;
Majoreditingneeded.

TotalPoints

Points
scored

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