This packet contains rubrics for argument essays and persuasive writing assignments. The packet contains several variations of my standard argument/ persuasive essay rubric, which makes them of use to classrooms in all subject areas and several grade levels, including post-secondary. The rubric variations can be used in Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Higher Education, and in classrooms which use MLA and APA formatting.
My rubrics are all letter grade rubrics, so there is no need to try assigning points and calculate numerous scores for several categories. While the rubrics have letter grades, I assign plus/minus grades as follows: A+ = 100, A = 95, A- = 92, B+ = 88, B = 85, B- = 82, and so on. Sometimes, however, a student's writing may fall into more than one letter grade category. For instance, the student's paper may be an A in content and organization, but a D or F in formatting and grammar/mechanics. In such a case, I assign the plus/minus grade for each category (e.g. content, organization, formatting, and grammar/mechanics), and I average the grades. I find this to be much easier and faster than using rubrics that require assigning point values for each category and adding them together. Any grading process that saves time and is easy for students to understand is worth trying!
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