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The Third Grade Writing Rubric Criteria
Length of Writing
Above Expectation: 3 or more paragraphs
Expectation: 1 to 2 paragraphs
Below Expectation: 4 to 6 complete sentences
Fails Criteria: 3 or less sentences
Above Expectation: Each paragraph has topic sentence and cohesion.
Meets Expectation: Paragraphs are about the same topic.
Below Expectation: No central idea in each paragraph
Fails Criteria: No central idea in the writing assignment
Above Expectation: Beginning and ending punctuation and capitals are all correct.
Meets Expectation: A few errors in punctuation are present.
Below Expectation: 1/3 of the sentences have some punctuation errors.
Fails Criteria: Poor punctuation in most sentences
In the kindergarten writing rubric there are separate criteria for spelling of previously learned words and words whose spelling would be unfamiliar.
Above Expectation: Few or no spelling errors
Meets Expectation: A few errors in each paragraph
Below Expectation: 4 or more errors per paragraph
Fails Criteria: Many misspelled words in most sentences
Above Expectation: Many colorful adjectives, action verbs, and interesting phrases used in every paragraph
Meets Expectation: A few interesting word choices are used in every paragraph.
Below Expectation: General or common words are used.
Fails Criteria: Simple words with a minimal vocabulary are used.
Above Expectation: Complex and compound sentences are used without run-ons or fragments.
Meets Expectations: A few run-on sentences or fragments are evident when using compound sentences.
Below Expectation: Several fragments or run on sentences are present.
Fails Criteria: Unable to discern sentence structure
Above Expectation: Every sentence provides detail to support the paragraph.
Meets Expectation: Some detail is present in every paragraph.
Below Expectation: General knowledge is communicated with little detail.
Fails Criteria: No details are present.
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