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Opinion Text-Based Writing Rubric and Look Fors for 1st Grade

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This opinion writing rubric is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts in 1st Grade. It can be used as both an analytic and holistic scoring rubric. The writing is scored with a 0,1,2,or 3 depending on how close or how far away students are to meeting grade level expectations. The scoring guide establishes proficiency at 80% or higher. This is an excellent tool for monitoring students' progress over time.

Included for free with the purchase of this rubric is a Look For Checklist, which is intended for use as a companion tool to the writing rubric. It allows students to take responsibility for self-assessing their own writing according to the language of the standards. It works well when conferencing with individual students or as a class anchor chart.
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using frequently occurring conjunctions to signal simple relationships (e.g., because).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


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