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Rubric for Essays

100 Point Writing Rubric for Middle School and High School

Our free rubric for essay writing evaluates content, mechanics, and following the writing process. This basic writing rubric can be used from upper elementary through high school. It consists of a 100 point rubric to guide the student to improved writing ability.

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This rubric includes points for the following criteria:
Content
Mechanics
Following the assigned writing process

100 point basic writing rubric
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Elements of the 100 Point Basic Writing Rubric

Students will receive between 0 to 10 points for each of these criteria on the holistic writing rubric:
  • 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

How to use a 100 Point Writing Rubric

Each of the ten criteria offers the student the opportunity to earn up to ten points. If they acheive ten points on all ten criteria, they would earn 100 points - a perfect score. This, of course, is seldom achievable.

On the other hand, if the student completely fails a criteria, he or she earns 6 points. Why 6 points and not 0? Simply stated, six points equals a 60%, which is a failing grade. There are only a few times I give a zero on a criteria. Of course not doing the assignment qualifies for a zero; or submitting three days late gets a zero for that category. There are a few more examples of 0 scores in the discussion below for the Research Paper Grading Scale.


Simply add up all the points and you will have a percentage grade for the student's paper. This rubric works best for assignments with a specific purpose. See other sample writing rubrics for other assignments.

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