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Essay Rubrics

Writing Rubrics for Middle School and High School


Use these essay rubrics for writing assignments for older students. Links to rubrics for younger grades are at the bottom of this page.

How to Use Writing Rubrics to Evaluate Writing

Read the assignments writing project several times. First 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, below expectations. Then re-read the students' paper again for each criteria.

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

Basic Writing Rubric

basic writing rubric Our 100 point basic writing rubric helps you to evaluate and grade your student on the following areas:
  • Purpose of Assignment
  • Organized outline approved before the first draft is due
  • Original Ideas
  • Paragraph Development
  • Word Choices
  • Holding Attention
  • Complete Sentences
  • No fragments/run-ons
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Paper Submitted On Time
FREE DOWNLOAD of the Basic Writing Rubric.

6+1 Trait Writing Rubric

six plus one traits writing rubric 6+1 Traits are frequently used in elementary but can continue to beneficial in the upper years. It uses the seven traits to diagnose student writing ability. The Six (plus one) traits include:
  • Ideas
  • Organization
  • Voice
  • Word choice e
  • Sentence fluency
  • Conventions
  • Presentation
FREE DOWNLOAD of the Six +1 Traits Writing Rubric.

Research Paper Rubric

research paper rubric This rubric for research papers is primarily for those who have used the rubrics above several times. Content comprises 66% of the grade and mechanics 33%.
  • Outline present
  • Introductory paragraph(s)
  • Thesis statement is clear
  • Outline supports thesis
  • Paragraph development
  • At least 5 Footnotes
  • Originality of ideas
  • Clarity of sentences
  • Summary paragraph(s)
  • Bibliography of at least 5 sources
  • Spelling
  • Proper sentences
  • Punctuation
  • Possessives/Apostrophes
  • Use of pronouns
FREE DOWNLOAD of the Research Paper Rubric.

A blank research paper rubric can also be downloaded from the link above. You can modify the rubric to meet your teaching goals.


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