Descriptive Writing Rubric

Descriptive Writing Rubric
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This is the Descriptive Writing Rubric I use to assess my student’s writing.

This rubric has five levels:
Beginning (0)
Beginning (1)
Basic (2)
Proficient (3)
Exceeds Expectations (4)

The areas of the rubric include Sound-letter correspondence, Spacing, Handwriting, Content and Fluency, Sentence Structure, and Ending Marks.

Below is an example of the range of the scoring on the rubric for each area, with 0 being the lowest and 4 being the highest:

Sound-letter correspondence
4 Student uses transitional spelling; most sounds are included for most words; most sight words spelled correctly
0 Student uses random letters to write words

4 All spaces are placed correctly and evenly
0 Linear letters, with left to right directionality; Nonexistent spacing

4 Handwriting is nearly perfect, with no obvious areas for improvement
0 Letters touching, illegible writing, or too much erasing

Content and fluency
4 Student writes a topic sentence and three details; doesn’t repeat
0 Student writes one sentence

Sentence structure
4 Student has complete, grammatically correct sentences; some with varied structure
0 Student has incomplete sentence(s) or run-on ideas

Ending marks
4 Student uses appropriate ending marks in all the correct places
0 Student does not use any ending marks

My entire Descriptive Writing lesson is available in my TpT store. It includes this rubric, graphic organizers, a writing checklist, an editing practice page, and the step-by-step lesson I used to teach my students descriptive writing.

Click the link to view my Writer’s Workshop Descriptive Writing Lesson.



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