I developed this rubric using elements taken straight from the Common Core Standards. In the exceeds column, I used standards from 4th grade so 'exceeds' was truly exceeding. I have also developed rubrics for 4th grade and 5th and 6th grade because I teach language arts to all four grades. It has been wonderful to have this rubric because it works for a lot of writing assignments you will use in your writing class. I will be posting additional rubrics soon!