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Diary Writing Rubric

Subjects:

Art, Computers & Internet, Language Arts, Math, Music, Social Studies  

Grade:

4  

Title – All Aboard! Exploring the Secrets of the Underground Railroad – An Interdisciplinary Unit
By – Elizabeth Hodgson and Rachel Vogelpohl
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subjects – Math, Music, Art, Language Arts, Computers / Internet
Grade Level – 4

UGR Unit Diary Writing Rubric
Note, this is one part of a larger unit which can be found here .

Name: _____________________
Date: ___________________
Teacher(s): _____________________
Project Title: _____________________

Directions: Circle one of the point values for each of the four grading categories listed below.

CATEGORY: Rating Description

Expert writer
5 pts
Adequate writer
4 pts
Developing writer
3 pts
Emerging writer
2 pts
Insufficient writer
1 pt
The use of writing conventions is very effective. Topic was directly relevant and all supporting details were specific to subject. All grammar, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling are correct and neat The use of writing conventions is effective. Topic was mostly relevant and supporting details are mostly specific to subject. Only minor errors are apparent in grammar, spelling, sentence structure and punctuation. The use of writing conventions is somewhat effective. Topic was somewhat relevant and some details are non-supporting to the subject. Errors in conventions don’t interfere with meaning, but there are few errors in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and spelling Errors in the use of writing conventions obscure meaning. The topic is remotely related and details are somewhat sketchy and unclear. There are several errors in punctuation, spelling, sentence structure and grammar. Major errors in the use of writing conventions obscure meaning. The topic is totally unrelated, and the reader is unable to find specific details. Very frequent errors in punctuation, spelling, grammar, and sentence structure make understanding difficult.

CATEGORY: Organization & Creativity

Expert writer
5 pts
Adequate writer
4 pts
Developing writer
3 pts
Emerging writer
2 pts
Insufficient writer
1 pt
Very good organization, with events logically ordered with a sharp sense of beginning and end. Clearly makes sense. Vocabulary is varied and supporting details are vivid Good organization, with most events logically ordered. Makes sense. Vocabulary is varied and supporting details are effective. Essay is organized, but events are somewhat jumpy. Makes sense for the most part. Vocabulary is varied, but supporting details are plain and could use work. Attempted organization does not make much sense, in that events jump around and the start and end are unclear. Vocabulary is constant, but details are lackluster and ineffective. Not organized, and events make no sense. Needs descriptive words.

CATEGORY: Planning (1st draft only)

Expert writer
5 pts
Adequate writer
4 pts
Developing writer
3 pts
Emerging writer
2 pts
Insufficient writer
1 pt
Has clear idea of audience. Goals are very clear and explicit. An overall essay plan is evident. Has idea of audience. Goals are clear and explicit. Has a plan for the essay. Somewhat clear about the essay’s audience. Goals are stated but somewhat vague. Plan for the whole essay somewhat clear. Vague about whom the essay is for. Goals are unclear. No clear plan evident. Writing shows no evidence of planning.

CATEGORY: Quality of Revision (2nd draft only)

Expert writer
5 pts
Adequate writer
4 pts
Developing writer
3 pts
Emerging writer
2 pts
Insufficient writer
1 pt
Follows up on all suggestions for revision. Revisions are a definite improvement. Follows up on most suggestions for revision. Revisions improve on the previous draft. Addresses some but not all suggested revisions. Revisions are a slight improvement over earlier draft. Ignores most suggestions for revision. Revisions made do not improve the earlier draft. Made only a minimal attempt to revise, if at all.

Elizabeth Hodgson 2003

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