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Middle School Writing Rubrics
In my book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 , I shared the following middle school writing rubrics with my readers. Unfortunately, the short links I provided in my book have timed out, so I wanted to share these on my blog so any middle school teachers interested in using them have access! Feel free to make a copy and adjust as needed.
I will be posting the high school writing rubrics as soon as I can get them reformatted in a shareable version. If you have rubrics you use, love, and are willing to share, I’d love to crowdsource rubrics here!
Thank you for this wonderful resource! I love getting the emails from your site.
What are your thoughts on putting the high score description in the 2nd column next to the criteria? Students’ eyes are naturally drawn to the columns in order of left to right, so putting the high scoring description makes it the first thing they look at. It sets the tone for them, as if to say, “Do this! This is the best!”
Thank you again for providing this rubric. The descriptions and criteria are very well-written.
You are absolutely welcome to edit and rework them! My co-teacher prefers rubrics that start with 4 on the left side for those exact reasons. Mentally, it works better for me this way. That said, they are easy to copy and change!
Thanks so much!
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Thank you so much for sharing such a valuable resource!
Hello, are the high school rubrics available on the website, or in the book?
They are in the book, Carly. They are also so similar to the middle school rubrics that I did not want to publish a separate post for them.
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I was browsing and came across you rubrics for students writing. I read them and immediately fall in love with the simplicity of their structure. Thanks for making these resource available, easing research time.
I deem it a pleasure to be able to use them for my assessment.
You’re welcome, Emileta!
I’m glad these will save you time!
These are awesome rubrics! Thank you so much for sharing! They are a great resource.
Any ideas for a poetry rubric. I hate “grading” poetry. I truly believe students should have absolute freedom, but Texas TEKS say otherwise…..so…..
I so appreciate the clarity and ease of understanding these rubrics provide!!
I tend to agree with you. However, if you are expected to assess poetry, I’d start with the language in the TEKs and work backward. What do the TEKs want you to assess when it comes to poetry? Figurative language, sensory details, thematic progression? I’d isolate each “skill” or element of poetry they want you to assess then use those as your criteria and describe what that skill or element looks like in each stage–beginner, developing, proficient, mastery.
Thank you so much for sharing your rubrics with teachers! Extremely helpful and greatly appreciated.
You’re so welcome, Vanessa!
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Thank you for sharing your rubrics.
Thank you so much for sharing the rubrics. I use them in class for students’ projects.
Thank you so much for this lovely set up! It has helped a lot of new teachers!
Words can not describe how grateful I am.
Thank you so much! I am always having trouble teaching language art since I feel much comfortable with numbers..
You’re welcome, Helen! Happy to help 😊
Thank you for this very helpful resources, appreciated it!
You’re welcome, Shiela!
Thank you so much for this resource! This is the best rubric I’ve seen for middle school writing!
Thank you, Anna!
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful resource!!! You are amazing!!!
You’re welcome, Michelle! So glad these are useful. 😊
Thank you so much for providing these! I’m “Yearbook Teacher” and these are wonderful since I have no clue how to grade written work (I normally teach a CTE course but with virtual/hybrid staff is spread thin.
You’re welcome, Nicolas! I’m so glad these are useful 😊
It appears 28 possible points can be earned……the sum of points earned would be at what grade level…..for example, if a student earned all 4’s on the Argumentative Writing Rubric what grade level would his writing rank…….or are their ranges for the sum of points……I would prefer to have a grade level…..
I assess on a 4 point mastery scale, so the final score calculates an average then that number 1, 2, 3, 4 is inserted into the grade book (if you have a mastery-based grade book option). Otherwise, you will need to convert your number on a scale.
Thank you. You are so kind. God bless you.
You’re welcome, Jennifer!
I am unable to open the rubrics. Are they still available for teacher to access?
The short links are below each image of the rubric, and they force you to make a copy. You’ll need to be logged into your Gmail account so your copies save in your Google Drive.
These are excellent! Thank you for sharing Dr. Tucker!
You’re welcome, Laura!
Life saver! Thank you for sharing!
You’re welcome, Carolyn!
Thank you so much for sharing these rubrics! I can’t say anything that hasn’t already been mentioned in the posts above. Love the idea of creating a “rubric bank” available to all who may need it.
You are very welcome, Carolina! I’m thrilled they are useful.
Good Evening , Ms. Tucker
Have you published a persuasive writing rubric?
I do not have persuasive rubrics. I focused on argumentative writing instead.
THIS IS A LIFESAVER!! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!!
You’re very welcome, Tammy! 😊
WOW! I’m so loving these… as we are developing our standards for our program, this gives us a total jump start! By chance, do you have the High School writing rubrics?
My high school versions are very similar to these. Here is an example: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TLkY6Yt-AdXdwCwvXJ7YAqzsoYZmT6G3QiT_yefAHV8/edit
Good luck with your rubrics! AI can be a very helpful resources when generating rubrics with the skill descriptions!
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Subject: Research and essay skills
Age range: 11 - 14
Resource type: Assessment and revision
2 July 2018
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28 Expository Writing Prompts for Middle School
October 12, 2014 in Pedagogy
The ability to provide information in different contexts is essential to effective communication. Students must practice expository writing throughout their academic careers. The sooner they start, the better. Below are some descriptive, sequential, compare and contrast, cause and effect, and problem/solution writing prompts to help you give your students the practice they need.
- Write an essay describing your school to a potentially new student.
- Write an essay describing the appeal of reality TV shows.
- Write an essay describing a rainy night.
- Write an essay describing your first pet.
- Write an essay describing your first memory.
- It’s Christmas morning and there is a package under the tree containing exactly what you requested. Describe the contents of your package..
- Write an essay describing how you feel when you wake up and discover snow on the ground outside — and school has been cancelled.
- Writing an essay explaining the process you use to style your hair in the morning.
- You have invited your two best friends to spend the afternoon at your home. Write an essay telling how your prepare for their visit.
- Everyone has lost something at one time or another. Write an essay telling what you did to find what you had lost.
- Describe how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
- Tell how you wash your hair.
- Describe the plot of your favorite book.
Compare and Contrast
- Write an essay comparing and contrasting ownership of cats and dogs.
- Compare and contrast this year in school to last year.
- Compare and contrast your two favorite characters.
- Compare and contrast your family’s home and the home of your dreams.
- Compare and contrast a typical day in your life today and what you think a typical day in your life will be like when you are 25.
- Compare and contrast your two favorite teachers.
Cause and Effect
- Write an essay telling how peer pressure has affected you this year.
- Write an essay explaining what causes students to drop out of high school.
- Discuss the causes and effects of bullying in schools.
- Discuss the causes and effects of poverty in rural (urban) areas.
- Discuss the causes and effects of drug or alcohol use on families.
- Most students do not read or watch news, resulting in a lack of knowledge about the world outside of their immediate neighborhood. Write an essay describing why this is a problem and telling how this problem might be solved.
- Think about the community in which you live. What could you do to make it a better place? Choose one problem that needs to be solved to make your community a better place to live. Write a letter to the editor describing how solving this problem would make your community a better place, and tell what you would do. Give reasons why you think your plan would work.
- Think about what you could do to make your school more beautiful. Think about how you would do this. How could you persuade the people in your school that your idea is a good one? Write a letter to the principal of your school asking for support for your plan for making your school more beautiful. Tell what you would do and how you would do it. Explain why you think your plan is important and why it would work.
- Think about animal abuse. Some people abuse animals by being intentionally cruel to them or neglecting their basic needs; others abuse animals out of ignorance. Think about what could be done to prevent both kinds of animal abuse. Write a letter to leaders in your community describing how you would solve this problem, and how treating animals better would improve the lives of animals and people. Explain why you think your plan will work.
Related topics: Informative Writing , Quickwriting
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Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.
I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.
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the prompt should be harder,and including a think about and quote.
Thank you very much for your input, Amelia!
this info is very helpful and all but right now at school (i am in middle school) i have to write an expisitory essay on any topic i am really having trouble finding a topic but it has to be something u can argue like for example: football: people think it is a dangerous sport but the rules have changed more saftey… yeah stuff like that something u can argue ur opinion and so far i have nothing i was really hoping this would help but no but thx anyways i am gonna go to another website but in the future this could really help thx!!!!
But it makes your teacher happy to know what your input is for example what your input is about bullying and drugs.
Thank you so much for this. I need to give my 8th-grader, reluctant writer, some options for what he writes as practice on spring break. This is a great list. I added one about describing the appeal of the YouTube videos he watches, and another about the cause-and-effect of DOnald Trump’s candidacy, since my son is very interested in Trump.
Thank you this helped a lot when I didn’t know what to write for my essay.
I really like this website because i like writing essays for practice and these are a little difficult but It is good for it to be a little diffcult because it is more challenging.
These are great! I will be using these suggestions with my 6th graders! I love expository writing!!!! 🙂
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