As a middle school teacher, I was tired of getting work that did not meet my own standards for my students, let alone the benchmark standards. I realized I needed to have a "go-to" visual to allow students to actually SEE what quality looks like. I have put together 4 examples of informational writing based off of actual student work that reflects 4 different levels of quality: Unacceptable, Getting There, You Got It, and Beyond, PLUS a generic rubric that can be used for ANY short answer informational writing response. The content is social studies based, but can be used in any content area to show the fundamental differences between each level. The documents can be turned into posters and displayed in your classroom or given as handouts for students to keep throughout the year. You could also use these as part of a lesson and ask students: "What needs help or what do you like about each one?" USES COMMON CORE LANGUAGE ARTS STANDARDS in rubric and in handouts.