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Elementary Writing Rubrics

Downloadable 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 differentiation between above expectations, meets expectations, and 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 Our 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 choic e
  • Sentence fluency
  • Conventions
  • Presentation
FREE DOWNLOAD of the Six +1 Traits Writing Rubric.

Kindergarten Writing Rubric

kindergarten writing rubric 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
FREE DOWNLOAD of the Kindergarten Writing Rubric.

First Grade Writing Rubric

first grade writing rubric 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
FREE DOWNLOAD of the 1st Grade Writing Rubric.

Second Grade Writing Rubric

2nd grade writing rubric 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
FREE DOWNLOAD of the 2nd Grade Writing Rubric.

Third Grade Writing Rubric

3rd grade writing rubric The 3rd grade writing rubric gives writing guidelines for these criteria:
  • Detail
  • Ideas
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Structure
FREE DOWNLOAD of the 3rd Grade Writing Rubric.

4th and 5th Grade Writing Rubric

4th grade writing rubric The following criteria are listed on the 4th and 5th grade writing rubric:
  • Paragraphs
  • Organization
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling
  • Legibility
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Structure
  • Voice
FREE DOWNLOAD of the 4th - 5th 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.


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