This rubric follows the CCSS writing standard for the 6th - 8th grade Narrative Essay. Each Writing Quality of the rubric is one lesson taught per day or every couple days. (I added two that are not part of the standard, a HOOK and Mechanics and grammar) I also use this with peer writing. I have the students read and grade each others writing and then I do an overview (saves time. I cant read 75 essays in a timely fashion). Also I have the grading scale based off the Distinguished NOT the Exceeds. So straight 4s all the way down, plus the pts for their name, would be the A. Exceeds is an A+. But the rubric is based on the standard only.