I use this rubric is used to grade personal narratives. Students are asked to write about a challenge they have faced in their life and steps they took to overcome it. All descriptors in the rubric focus on the quality of the writing. I give this to students on the first day of the lesson cycle and they use it to guide their learning. Each row guides a mini-lesson during writer's workshop. I also use it to guide feedback that I give during teacher/student writing conferences.