And let’s not forget the time I saved with using rubrics!
I don’t feel the need to write as much on each paper because the rubric explains a lot of it.
My end of year writing rubric focuses on content that has a beginning, middle and end.
Scores are 1-4 and students receive scores in: conventions, sentence fluency, organization, style/voice, content/ideas and the writing process.
A fun, anytime of the year writing prompt is my Pet letters persuasive writing.
Students brainstorm and write a letter titled “My Pet.”Work on taking a big topic and zoom in on a small moment (like Lucy Calkins teaches) with this Ice Cream small moments writing graphic organizer, writing paper and rubric.
For example, on a writing rubric the criteria may be “Uses punctuation accurately” or “Begins with capital letter.”The scale (level of quality) may be I don’t claim to be an expert by any means, but I do love using them!
I like to use writing rubrics because they help me to be consistent when grading student writing.
I also found that I was able to set goals more easily for my students because it was easier to see where they didn’t quite meet my expectations.
Parents are also able to easily see (and hopefully understand more completely) where their child is at as a writer and what they can work on.