6th Grade Writing Rubric Draft 04-27-2011


6th Grade Writing Rubric Draft

Category

Commendable

3 – Meets Standards

2 – Approaching Standards

1 – Below Standards

Writing Strategies

Content

Focus

Organization

Mature Writing that demonstrates sophistication beyond grade level

Piece fully addresses the topic in a clear multi-paragraph response

  • There are clear, coherent and focused paragraphs

  • Introduction engages reader, clearly states the topic

  • Relevant, telling, quality details give the reader important information that goes beyond the obvious

  • The conclusion is strong, detailed, and leaves the reader feeling that they understand the writer’s purpose. There is an awareness of audience

Piece partially addresses the topic

  • Main idea is somewhat clear but there is a need for more supporting information

  • Introduction states the simple main topic and previews the structure of the paper

  • Supporting details and information are relevant, but one or more key issues or portion of the storyline is unsupported

  • Conclusion is recognizable and ties up almost all loose ends

Piece does not / or minimally addresses topic

  • Main idea is not clear, there is a seemingly random collection of information

  • There is no clear introduction of the main topic or structure of the paper

  • Supporting details and information are typically unclear or not related to the topic

  • The conclusion is weak or missing

Writing Applications

Sentence Structure

Vocabulary

Voice

Mature Writing that demonstrates sophistication beyond grade level

Language is clear

  • Student demonstrates a command of the assessed genre

  • Variety of sentences, including complex and compound, using transitions to connect ideas

  • Precise and vivid vocabulary with sensory details

  • Writer’s voice is strong, clear, and consistent

  • Use of a range of narrative devices including dialogue, suspense, etc.

Language is inconsistent

  • Some evidence of sentence variety

  • Some evidence of precise/vivid vocabulary

  • Writer’s voice is evident, but inconsistent

Language is vague

  • Little or no sentence variety

  • Limited, simple vocabulary

  • Writer’s voice is weak or not present

Writing Conventions

Spelling

Grammar

Punctuation

Capitalization

Mature Writing that demonstrates sophistication beyond grade level

Student has control of most 6th grade appropriate conventions

  • Grammatical errors are limited and not distracting (pronoun and verb usage is correct)

  • Spelling does not distract from content, common multisyllabic words are generally spelled correctly

  • There are few errors in capitalization or punctuation (including correct usage of quotation marks, commas and colons), so the paper is exceptionally easy to read

Errors in grammar, punctuation and/or spelling are distracting

  • There are some grammatical errors that distract the reader

  • Common words are spelled incorrectly, spelling errors may distract the reader from come content

  • There are some errors in capitalization and/or punctuation that catch the reader’s attention and interrupt the flow

Errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation make the piece difficult to read

  • There are many grammatical errors that cause the piece to be hard to read

  • Many common words are spelled incorrectly and are distracting to the reader

  • There are many errors in capitalization and/or punctuation that distract the reader’s attention