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Analysis Using CCSS Writing Rubric

By
Esmeralda Vidovich

LBS 355-02
Paper #1-Draft #3
4 Pages
September 28, 2016

ANALYSIS USING CCSS WRITING RUBRIC

Writing Rubric Analysis


The Common Core State Standards, also known as The Common Core, was designed
to challenge and ensure students are learning to critically think and communicate effectively,
rather than memorizing the material being taught. Once CCSS are implemented nationwide, the
expectations for all students will raise and prepare them for college, career, and life. The use of
the Grade 3-5: Generic 4-Point Opinion Writing Rubric is a tool that focuses on the criteria
needed to write effectively using CCSS. The purpose of the CCSS writing rubric is to help
students gain writing skills because they are a significant part of communication. I will evaluate
two 4th grade student writing samples based on the CCSS writing rubric, which is divided into 3
main categories with a 0-4 grading score, and I will create lessons to address the students needs
to improve their performance, and discuss my opinion about the efficacy of CCSS.
The first category on the CCSS writing rubric is the statement of purpose/focus and
organization. For Sample 1, the student earned a score of 4 on the CCSS writing rubric due to the
response being fully sustained and clear because he gave reasons why life was negative for the
California Native Americans. For Sample 2, the student also earned a score of 4 because the
response has a strongly maintained opinion communicated clearly within the context, and
expressed logical progression of ideas from beginning to end with sources. Overall, these
students did earn the highest score, but as a teacher I would provide additional help by creating a
lesson plan where I would introduce the cluster outline to use before writing an essay. Learning
how to use the outline will help keep students organized and focused on the essays purpose and
provide them with the tools they need to write effectively.
The second category on the CCSS writing rubric is language and elaboration of evidence.
For Sample 1, the student earned a score of 3 on the CCSS writing rubric because the response

ANALYSIS USING CCSS WRITING RUBRIC

provides support for the opinion stated, however, it needs effective elaboration. For Sample 2,
the student earned a score of 4 because the response provides enough elaboration of evidence
from the sources, and a clear response that effectively expresses ideas by using precise language.
I would provide help to my students by creating a lesson plan introducing an essay planning
organizer, where they can decide what supporting details to include in their essay before writing
it. By mastering the use of the essay planning organizer, students will create an essay using
precise language and elaboration.
The third category on the CCSS writing rubric is conventions. For Sample 1, the student
earned a score of 3 on the CCSS writing rubric because the response has some errors in word
usage, sentence formation, and punctuation. For Sample 2, the student earned a score of 2
because the response demonstrates an uneven command of conventions and frequent spelling
errors. I would create a lesson plan on peer editing focused on punctuation, grammar, and
spelling. Students will use a set of questions to edit another students essay and determine the
errors and how to fix them. Peer editing will help students provide a new perspective and they
will become more aware as they write and edit their own work, and their peers work.
In my opinion, the CCSS has brought a great change to the education system because not
only does it require a deeper knowledge from the students, but also, a greater focus from the
teachers. Teaching CCSS can be difficult, especially for students who did not grow up with
Common Core; however, in actuality, students can do more than we think they can. The CCSS
writing rubric serves as an unbiased set of scoring guidelines that can be used to evaluate
students work. In addition, letting students see the rubrics can let them know what is expected
from them, and they can see the specific skills they are gaining from the assignment. As a future
educator, these rubrics will help me distinguish and monitor the students learning process to

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create effective lesson plans, and ensure students are engaged while learning to critically think
and communicate effectively.