Essay Rubric 3rd Grade

Address all 10 Common Core Standards for Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6

Teach your students how to evaluate their own writing with kid-friendly rubrics. Based on Common Core grade-level expectations, criteria are clear and scoring is simple.

BONUS FOR PARCC STATES: This rubrics/checklist system also develops skills required for PARCC assessments.

Features include:

  • provide visual representation of strengths and weaknesses
  • help students substantiate their self-assessment
  • allow teachers to quickly find and review relevant areas
  • mimic PARCC assessments that require students to substantiate their claims by selecting supporting excerpts from provided text(s)

Scoring that’s based on Common Core expectations

Then, students score their writing based on prior, current, and future grade-level expectations of the Common Core Standards.

Using current and surrounding grade-level expectations will:

  • give students simple, clear, concrete, and  affirmative criteria
  • reinforce previously learned skills
  • encourage students to strive toward future expectations
  • deepen understanding of each criterion’s objective
  • ensure that students and teachers are assessing the same criteria in the same manner
  • result in more efficient and effective revision and editing

Checklists that lead students through the entire writing process

Along the way, students use checklists to keep track of their progress and accomplishments.

Referring to these checklists will:

  • guide students through the entire writing process
  • develop strong planning, revising and editing skills
  • help students fulfill Common Core Writing Standards and several Language Standards

Note: The documents below include a Common Core Alignment Sheet that specifies the standards addressed by each rubric and checklist.

Click on the links to download the rubrics/checklists system and teach your students how to assess their own writing using Common Core Standards and PARCC assessment skills.

3rd Grade Opinion Writing
3rd Grade Informative Writing
3rd Grade Narrative Writing

4th Grade Opinion Writing
4th Grade Informative Writing
4th Grade Narrative Writing

5th Grade Opinion Writing
5th Grade Informative Writing
5th Grade Narrative Writing

6th Grade Argument
6th Grade Informative
6th Grade Narrative

Grading rubrics can be of great benefit to both you and your students. For you, a rubric saves time and decreases subjectivity. Specific criteria are explicitly stated, facilitating the grading process and increasing your objectivity. For students, the use of grading rubrics helps them to meet or exceed expectations, to view the grading process as being “fair,” and to set goals for future learning.

In order to help your students meet or exceed expectations of the assignment, be sure to discuss the rubric with your students when you assign an essay. It is helpful to show them examples of written pieces that meet and do not meet the expectations. As an added benefit, because the criteria are explicitly stated, the use of the rubric decreases the likelihood that students will argue about the grade they receive. The explicitness of the expectations helps students know exactly why they lost points on the assignment and aids them in setting goals for future improvement.

  • Routinely have students score peers’ essays using the rubric as the assessment tool. This increases their level of awareness of the traits that distinguish successful essays from those that fail to meet the criteria. Have peer editors use the Reviewer’s Comments section to add any praise, constructive criticism, or questions.
  • Alter some expectations or add additional traits on the rubric as needed. Students’ needs may necessitate making more rigorous criteria for advanced learners or less stringent guidelines for younger or special needs students. Furthermore, the content area for which the essay is written may require some alterations to the rubric. In social studies, for example, an essay about geographical landforms and their effect on the culture of a region might necessitate additional criteria about the use of specific terminology.
  • After you and your students have used the rubric, have them work in groups to make suggested alterations to the rubric to more precisely match their needs or the parameters of a particular writing assignment.

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