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Rubric for One Paragraph Explanatory Writing Assignment

Rubric for One Paragraph Explanatory Writing Assignment
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This is a simple rubric that I use for simple explanatory writing assignments that are one paragraph in length. We have to do a lot of these in my school in order to prepare our students for the PARCC test, and they roughly follow the premise of a system like RACE (Restate, Answer, Cite, Explain) or CER (Claim, Evidence, Reason). I've also shrunk and duplicated the rubric on the page, because our administrators want us to attach rubrics to each assignment before filing them in student folders or hanging them on the bulletin board. These can be easily copied, cut, and stapled to an assignment for grading. There are eight mini-rubrics on each page.

Although this is typically used for a response in which a student answers a question, it can also be easily modified and used for summaries as well. I often have my students read the newspaper and write summaries, and I'll use a version of this rubric for that. Likewise, this is part of my assessment after students watch CNN 10.
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1 page
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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