This is a wonderful rubric to distribute to students who need guidance in infusing their meaningful connections within their writing. Many students know how to identify a meaningful connection, but struggle making the connection back to the original topic they are writing about. This rubric will help guide students and protect you as you evaluate their writing in open-ended responses, extended constructed responses, expository essays, persuasive essays, etc. This can also be used when students are working with partners or in small groups. Students use this as guidance to evaluate their own work and their peer's work. Administrators always love to see the rubric - it's accountability.