Argumentative writing is essential to the Common Core. These argumentative writing rubrics will help you score your students' writing, whether they are writing full essays or short responses. The document includes detailed rubrics for teachers as well as student-friendly rubric checklists. The first page of the document includes a table of contents, as well as my notes about how I use the rubrics in my classroom.
The document is provided as both a PDF and Word document. The PDF prevents formatting differences between computers, and the Word document allows you to make changes as necessary.
The document includes the following:
1. Two argumentative essay rubrics. One rubric is for assignments that require students to use sources and create citations. The other is for assignments that do not require outside research. Both rubrics are written in the form of a table, and each cell contains a detailed description of what a student needs to do to earn the designated score. Students are expected to make a claim, provide logical reasons to support their claim, and include both a counterclaim and rebuttal.
2. A short response rubric written in the same style as the essay rubrics. The rubric is similar to the essay rubric but removes references to essay components like an introduction or conclusion.
3. A student-friendly rubric checklist for each rubric. The checklists prevent students from becoming overwhelmed by the full rubric, and allow students to monitor their progress as they write.
These rubrics are designed for the 9-10 Common Core standard band. The rubrics reference counterarguments, which are not mentioned in the standards for middle school.
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