Fail (1) Content: The student may address one of the questions in the prompt but answers vaguely or briefly.
Organization: The order of ideas is confusing and details and examples are not used or are not supportive.
Vocabulary: Words are specific and varied and are generally used correctly.
Grammar: Verb tenses are generally used correctly and the meaning of sentences is clear although there are some grammar mistakes.
Most teachers break grades down into categories: A, B, C, etc., so consider including your students in a discussion about what is considered an “A” paper versus a “B” paper, and so on.
A discussion about grade ranges helps students understand the differences between the grades and what you expect from them.
Rubrics can be useful in crafting assignments and in discussing and assessing student work.
The writing rubrics below were collaboratively produced by Middlebury College faculty as a result of a Teagle-funded project on college writing (project directors were Kathy Skubikowski and Adela Langrock).
Spelling and Mechanics: Writing includes many distracting spelling and/or punctuation mistakes that significantly interfere with understanding.
In an effort to eliminate the mystery behind the grading of written work, I will be reading and evaluating your essays according to the six criteria below.