Writing Rubric


Basic Writing Criteria = 20 Points

1. Organization and Coherence = 4
2. Originality and Creating Interest = 4
3. Covering the topic, Detail and Length = 4
4. Grammar and sentence structure = 4
5. Spelling, vocabulary and usage = 4

Total for Writing Midterm = 20 Points Total

Additional Writing Criteria:

Presentation, Neatness and Handwriting

Additional points may be deducted up to 2 entire points for noticeable, reoccurring problems in any of the following areas. This is intended mainly as a way to indicate areas where improvements are needed, and give students an incentive to improve.

Overall Grammar

Additional points may be deducted up to 2 entire points for noticeable, reoccurring problems in any of the following areas. This is intended mainly as a way to indicate areas where improvements are needed, and give students an incentive to improve.

1. General knowledge of parts of speech and their appropriate use = .25
2. Articles = .25
3. Appropriate use of subject and object pronouns = .25
4. Presence or absence of verbs in a sentence = .25
5. Verb forms = .25
6. Subject-verb agreement = .25
7. Proper use of helping verbs = .25
8. Punctuation = .25
9. Gerunds and to infinitives = .25
10. Sound sentence structure = .25

Spelling, Vocabulary and Usage

Additional points may be deducted up to 1 entire point for noticeable, reoccurring problems in any of the following areas. This is intended mainly as a way to indicate areas where improvements are needed, and give students an incentive to improve.

1. Correct spelling = .25
2. Correct usage = .25
3. Correct word forms = .25
4. Variety in word choice .25
5. Attempt at using new vocabulary = .25

Descriptions of Student Work to Assist Evaluation

Description of student work to receive marks between 19-20 points out of a total of 20 points:

The writing should be well-organized, coherent and original. There should be a conscientious and effective effort to create interest and cover each point of the topic with relevant detail. Most of the available space on the paper should be utilized. Presentation should be neat, although concern for neatness might diminish if self- expression takes priority. Although there might be isolated mistakes in grammar or sentence structure, there should be nothing to cause difficulty understanding the text. There should be effective use of verb agreement, verb forms, and helping verbs. There should be effective use of articles, plural forms and punctuation. There should be few misspellings or misuse of words, and there should be an effective effort to use new vocabulary correctly. Researched work might unfortunately show some evidence of selective plagiarism sometimes. Plagiarized work must be redone.

Description of student work to receive marks between 17-18 points out of a total of 20 points:

Although the writing might be quite coherent and neatly presented, the actual writing, itself, might not be very ambitious, and remains within the writer's comfort zone. Although there might be a conscientious effort to create interest and cover each point of the task, there might be only a moderate amount of detail, and the text might be a bit shorter than it should be. There might be isolated problems with sentence structure and grammar, but not enough to cause difficulty understanding the text. There might be occasional problems with verb agreement, verb forms, and the use of helping verbs. There might occasionally be missing articles, incorrect plural forms and missing punctuation. There might be occasional misspellings or misuse of words, though there might be a conscientious effort to use new vocabulary. Researched work might unfortunately show some evidence of selective plagiarism sometimes. Plagiarized work must be redone.

Description of student work to receive marks between 14-16 points out of a total of 20 points:

The writing might be fairly clear, coherent and organized. There might be a conscientious effort to create interest and cover each objective with minimal detail, although the text, itself, might be short. Concern for neatness might diminish if self- expression takes priority. There might be some problems with sentence structure and grammar that cause difficulty understanding parts of the text. There might be some problems with verb agreement, verb forms, and the use of helping verbs. There might occasionally be missing articles, incorrect plural forms and missing punctuation. There might be occasional misspellings or misuse of words, though there might also be a conscientious effort to use new vocabulary. For researched work, the work is often original; not plagiarized. Unfortunately, work submitted for researched tasks might sometimes be in the form of indiscriminate copying-and-pasting. Plagiarized work must be redone.

Description of student work to receive marks between 12-13 points out of a total of 20 points:

The coherence of the writing frequently suffers from various problems. There might be moderate concern for organization, creating interest or providing detail, though some points of the topics might not be properly covered. Available space on the paper might be underutilized. There might be moderate concern for neatness. There might be frequent problems with sentence structure and grammar that make it difficult to understand parts of the text. There might be frequent problems with verb agreement, verb forms, and the use of helping verbs; occasionally, verbs might be missing altogether. There might frequently be missing articles, incorrect plural forms and missing punctuation. There might only be limited use of new vocabulary, with frequent misspellings and misuse of common words. Unfortunately, work submitted for researched tasks might sometimes be in the form of indiscriminate copying-and-pasting. Plagiarized work must be redone.

Description of student work to receive marks between 10-11 points out of a total of 20 points:

The coherence of the writing might suffer from many serious problems. There might be no effort to organize the work, create interest or provide detail, and some points of the topics might not be properly covered. Available space on the paper might be underutilized. There might be little concern for neatness. There might be serious problems with sentence structure and grammar that make it difficult to understand the text. There might be serious problems with verb agreement, verb forms, and the use of helping verbs; otherwise, verbs might be missing altogether. There might be serious problems with missing articles, incorrect plural forms and missing punctuation. There might only be limited use of new vocabulary, with misspellings and misuse of common words.