This rubric works for students who are learning how to structure a five-paragraph persuasive essay. Students across grade levels could use the rubric, depending on their experience with writing. I have used it at the third-grade level with an advanced student and at the sixth-grade level with a student who has a diagnosed learning disability in writing. Colleagues working with high school students who speak a native language other than English have used it to provide an accessible writing support for students who are still improving their facility with English.
The tool is versatile and aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). You will see that the language captures the concepts of claim, supporting evidence, and counter-claim. You can distribute it to students with the assignment so that they can use the rubric as a planning and self-assessment tool. You can also use it for peer editing and to provide teacher feedback. Prior to having students use the rubric on their own writing, I recommend that you have them use it to evaluate exemplars. This pre-writing work will familiarize them with the rubric and help them get comfortable using it for self- and peer-editing.
Writing Rubric - Level I
by Eva Ostrum
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