Using Writing Rubrics

You and your students can assess writing with the following rubrics, based on the qualities of writing:

Explanatory Writing Rubric

  • Writing Rubric Use this simple, general rubric to assess any type of writing.
  • Narrative Writing Use this rubric with forms of autobiographical, biographical, and story writing.
  • Explanatory Writing Use this rubric with informational writing, including explanatory essays, basic reports, and feature articles.
  • Persuasive Writing Use this rubric with persuasive essays, persuasive letters, and problem-solution essays.
  • Response to Literature Use this rubric with book reviews and literary analyses.
  • Research Writing Use this rubric with classroom reports, summaries, and research reports.

Feel free to change each rubric as needed to meet the needs of your students and each assignment.

Before students even begin a major writing project, you should provide them the rubric you will use to assess it. Then, throughout the writing process, students can use the rubric to check their progress. And, of course, you'll use the same rubric to assess the final draft.

You should also teach your students to evaluate writing—theirs and others. You can start by having them focus on a specific quality, such as ideas. Then you can slowly add the other two qualities as they become more comfortable with writing assessment.