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Elementary Writing Rubrics

Printable Writing Rubrics for the Primary Grades

Our 6 elementary writing rubrics will help evaluate and guide your students' writing.

We provide you with two choices of rubrics to evaluate writing:
  • Grade level rubrics (K through 5th)
  • Six Traits Writing Rubric

How to Use Writing Rubrics to Evaluate Writing

Read the assigned writing project your student has completed through two times. The first reading allows you to understand the basic intent, and the second time to focus on the details.

Then read each of the criteria on the rubric. Note the differences between:
  • Above expectations
  • Meets expectations
  • Below expectations.
Then re-read the student's paper again for EACH criteria.

Keep in mind the difference in expectations for the beginning of the year and the end of the year. Slow progress is anticipated in the earlier grades.


6+1 Trait Writing Rubric

six plus one traits writing rubric
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Six Traits (+1) Writing is used as the basis of this writing rubric. It uses the seven traits to diagnose student writing ability. The Six (plus one) traits include:
  • Ideas
  • Organization
  • Voice
  • Word choice
  • Sentence fluency
  • Conventions
  • Presentation
LEARN MORE about Six Traits Writing.


Kindergarten Writing Rubric

kindergarten writing rubric
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This elementary writing rubric for kindergarten students evaluates these criteria:
  • Ability to write sentences
  • Capitals and end punctuation
  • Correct letter formation
  • Spelling of known words
  • Encoding of unfamiliar words
  • Spacing of letters
  • Ability to communicate about the topic
LEARN MORE about using the Kindergarten Writing Rubric.


First Grade Writing Rubric

first grade writing rubric
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The 1st grade writing rubric provides guidelines to evaluate these writing criteria:
  • Ability to write sentences
  • Capitals and end punctuation
  • Penmanship, spacing, and legibility
  • Spelling
  • Use of Nouns
  • Use of Verbs
  • Ability to communicate about the topic
LEARN MORE about using the 1st Grade Writing Rubric.


Second Grade Writing Rubric

2nd grade writing rubric
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The 2nd grade writing rubric provides guidelines to evaluate these writing criteria:
  • Length of writing
  • Capitals and end punctuation
  • Legibility
  • Spelling
  • Noun and Verb usage
  • Contractions
  • Communicating the idea
LEARN MORE about using the 2nd Grade Writing Rubric.


Third Grade Writing Rubric

3rd grade writing rubric
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The 3rd grade writing rubric gives writing guidelines for these criteria:
  • Detail
  • Ideas
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Structure
LEARN MORE about using the 3rd Grade Writing Rubric.


4th and 5th Grade Writing Rubric

4th and 5th grade writing rubric
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The following criteria are listed on the 4th and 5th grade writing rubric:
  • Paragraphs
  • Organization
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Legibility
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Structure
  • Voice
LEARN MORE about using the Fourth & Fifth Grade Writing Rubric.


Other Writing Rubrics

In addition to the elementary writing rubrics listed above, we have essay rubrics that can be used in middle school and high school.

Writing Lessons with a Twist

K through 2nd

Live It Up, Write It Down

Live It Up, Write It Down

Add some sparkle to your writing with this hands-on writing curriculum. With the "Lights, Camera, Action, Write" projects, students will complete an activity and then write about it.

The "Love Good Books" section incorporates writing with literature. And "Dear Diary" allows students to keep a once-a-week-record of the most memorable event of their week.

Not only is this a journey into writing, its a collection that demonstrates to the student how much they have learned.



3rd to 8th Grade

Write On - homeschool writing curriculum
Write On: The Kid-Friendly Way to Write

Keep your students guessing what is coming next. One Hundred different writing activities are provided which take students from simple sentences all the way to thesis development.

Each activity gives students an unintimdating model. They use the model to write about the subject of their choice. Before you know it, well-organized paragraphs have produced cohesive essays they are proud to share.



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