Rubric for Formative Writing Task

  Exemplary Satisfactory Adequate Revision Required
Controlling Idea and Organization Establishes a  persuasive argument; stays focused throughout.

Compelling opening and thoughtful closure.

 

Establishes an adequate argument; maintains a general focus.

Clear opening and closure.

 

Struggles to establish an argument; focus not always evident.

Awkward opening and/or closure.

 

No evident argument or focus.

Opening and/or closure not evident.

 

Development

 

Incorporates a variety of evidence, integrating several specific examples to support argument; demonstrates developed original thoughts. Integrates some general examples to support argument; demonstrates some original thought. Uses evidence ineffectively, struggling to integrate evidence and ideas to support argument; demonstrates generic thought.

 

Minimal integration of evidence to support ideas; vague points.

 

Analysis and Reflection Expertly uses notes and discussion points to complete the writing task. Offers relevant and purposeful analysis and reflection. Clearly uses notes and discussion points to complete the writing task. Offers some purposeful analysis or reflection. Generally uses notes and discussion points to complete the writing task. Offers some purposeful reflection, but not much analysis. Offers basic summary of the task, not analysis or reflection.
Grammatical Conventions Applies spelling and capitalization with complete accuracy; demonstrates a complete understanding of standard grammar, refined sentence structure and energetic phrasing.

 

Applies spelling, capitalization, and punctuation with general accuracy; errors do not interfere with meaning; demonstrates a general understanding of standard grammar, sentence structure and phrasing.

 

Contains errors in spelling, capitalization, punctuation, standard grammar, sentence structure and phrasing that interfere with meaning.

 

Limited adherence to the rules of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, standard grammar, sentence structure and phrasing.