4th Grade Writing Rubric

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  1. sentence structure
    the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences

    Includes purposeful use of variety in sentence structure and length in the presentation of ideas throughout the response.
  2. formulaic
    in accordance with some established rule, style, or pattern

    Presents an effective order and structure based upon a strong and purposeful beginning, ideas that flow smoothly and logically, planned rather than formulaic transitions (where appropriate), and an effective ending that avoids a mere restatement of the opening.
  3. purposeful
    serving as or indicating the existence of a goal

    Presents an effective order and structure based upon a strong and purposeful beginning, ideas that flow smoothly and logically, planned rather than formulaic transitions (where appropriate), and an effective ending that avoids a mere restatement of the opening.
  4. minimally
    to a minimal degree

    Contains occasional errors but demonstrates reasonable control over age-appropriate standard writing conventions; includes spelling, usage, punctuation, and capitalization that are correct to the extent that errors detract only minimally from overall delivery and require only minor editing.
  5. capitalization
    the use of uppercase letters

    Contains few, if any, errors; demonstrates effective control of age-appropriate standard writing conventions [spelling, usage, punctuation, and capitalization] that are correct to the extent that errors do not detract from overall delivery and require only minimal editing or appear as the obvious consequence of risk-taking.
    3
    A Skilled Response

    Illustrates a competent understanding of the task with a focus on the central topic through strong control over and development of id...
  6. appropriate
    suitable for a particular person, place, or situation

    Presents an effective order and structure based upon a strong and purposeful beginning, ideas that flow smoothly and logically, planned rather than formulaic transitions (where appropriate), and an effective ending that avoids a mere restatement of the opening.
  7. punctuation
    the use of marks to clarify meaning of written material

    Contains few, if any, errors; demonstrates effective control of age-appropriate standard writing conventions [spelling, usage, punctuation, and capitalization] that are correct to the extent that errors do not detract from overall delivery and require only minimal editing or appear as the obvious consequence of risk-taking.
    3
    A Skilled Response

    Illustrates a competent understanding of the task with a focus on the central topic through strong control over and development of id...
  8. restatement
    a revised statement

    Presents an effective order and structure based upon a strong and purposeful beginning, ideas that flow smoothly and logically, planned rather than formulaic transitions (where appropriate), and an effective ending that avoids a mere restatement of the opening.
  9. identifiable
    capable of being recognized

    Demonstrates a clear, consistent perspective or stance through evidence of identifiable voice, tone, and/or style appropriate for purpose and audience.
  10. detract
    take away a part from; diminish

    Contains few, if any, errors; demonstrates effective control of age-appropriate standard writing conventions [spelling, usage, punctuation, and capitalization] that are correct to the extent that errors do not detract from overall delivery and require only minimal editing or appear as the obvious consequence of risk-taking.
    3
    A Skilled Response

    Illustrates a competent understanding of the task with a focus on the central topic through strong control over and development of id...
  11. editing
    putting something into acceptable form

    Contains few, if any, errors; demonstrates effective control of age-appropriate standard writing conventions [spelling, usage, punctuation, and capitalization] that are correct to the extent that errors do not detract from overall delivery and require only minimal editing or appear as the obvious consequence of risk-taking.
    3
    A Skilled Response

    Illustrates a competent understanding of the task with a focus on the central topic through strong control over and development of id...
  12. demonstrate
    give an exhibition of to an interested audience

    Demonstrates a clear, consistent perspective or stance through evidence of identifiable voice, tone, and/or style appropriate for purpose and audience.
  13. logically
    according to logical reasoning

    Presents an effective order and structure based upon a strong and purposeful beginning, ideas that flow smoothly and logically, planned rather than formulaic transitions (where appropriate), and an effective ending that avoids a mere restatement of the opening.
  14. stance
    a rationalized mental attitude

    Demonstrates a clear, consistent perspective or stance through evidence of identifiable voice, tone, and/or style appropriate for purpose and audience.
  15. topic
    the subject matter of a conversation or discussion
    Score
    Description
    4
    A Masterful Response

    Illustrates a thorough understanding of the task by maintaining a clear and consistent focus on the central topic through outstanding control over and development of ideas [details, reasons, examples, evidence, anecdotes, events, descriptions, etc.] that fully support and/or enhance the central topic.
  16. minimal
    the least possible

    Contains few, if any, errors; demonstrates effective control of age-appropriate standard writing conventions [spelling, usage, punctuation, and capitalization] that are correct to the extent that errors do not detract from overall delivery and require only minimal editing or appear as the obvious consequence of risk-taking.
    3
    A Skilled Response

    Illustrates a competent understanding of the task with a focus on the central topic through strong control over and development of id...
  17. spelling
    forming words with letters according to the principles underlying accepted usage

    Contains few, if any, errors; demonstrates effective control of age-appropriate standard writing conventions [ spelling, usage, punctuation, and capitalization] that are correct to the extent that errors do not detract from overall delivery and require only minimal editing or appear as the obvious consequence of risk-taking.
    3
    A Skilled Response

    Illustrates a competent understanding of the task with a focus on the central topic through strong control over and development of id...
  18. smoothly
    with no problems or difficulties

    Presents an effective order and structure based upon a strong and purposeful beginning, ideas that flow smoothly and logically, planned rather than formulaic transitions (where appropriate), and an effective ending that avoids a mere restatement of the opening.
  19. response
    the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
    Score
    Description
    4
    A Masterful Response

    Illustrates a thorough understanding of the task by maintaining a clear and consistent focus on the central topic through outstanding control over and development of ideas [details, reasons, examples, evidence, anecdotes, events, descriptions, etc.] that fully support and/or enhance the central topic.
  20. focus on
    center upon
    Score
    Description
    4
    A Masterful Response

    Illustrates a thorough understanding of the task by maintaining a clear and consistent focus on the central topic through outstanding control over and development of ideas [details, reasons, examples, evidence, anecdotes, events, descriptions, etc.] that fully support and/or enhance the central topic.
  21. perspective
    a way of regarding situations or topics

    Demonstrates a clear, consistent perspective or stance through evidence of identifiable voice, tone, and/or style appropriate for purpose and audience.
  22. predictable
    capable of being foretold

    Presents an adequate order and structure based upon a reasonable but perhaps obvious beginning, ideas that usually flow smoothly and logically, predictable yet purposeful transitions, and an ending that may be obvious but reasonable.
  23. structure
    a complex entity made of many parts

    Presents an effective order and structure based upon a strong and purposeful beginning, ideas that flow smoothly and logically, planned rather than formulaic transitions (where appropriate), and an effective ending that avoids a mere restatement of the opening.
  24. transition
    the act of passing from one state or place to the next

    Presents an effective order and structure based upon a strong and purposeful beginning, ideas that flow smoothly and logically, planned rather than formulaic transitions (where appropriate), and an effective ending that avoids a mere restatement of the opening.
  25. relevant
    having a bearing on or connection with the subject at issue

    Contains few, if any, errors; demonstrates effective control of age-appropriate standard writing conventions [spelling, usage, punctuation, and capitalization] that are correct to the extent that errors do not detract from overall delivery and require only minimal editing or appear as the obvious consequence of risk-taking.
    3
    A Skilled Response

    Illustrates a competent understanding of the task with a focus on the central topic through strong control over and development of ideas [de...
  26. masterful
    having or revealing supreme mastery or skill
    Score
    Description
    4
    A Masterful Response

    Illustrates a thorough understanding of the task by maintaining a clear and consistent focus on the central topic through outstanding control over and development of ideas [details, reasons, examples, evidence, anecdotes, events, descriptions, etc.] that fully support and/or enhance the central topic.
  27. overall
    involving only main features

    Contains few, if any, errors; demonstrates effective control of age-appropriate standard writing conventions [spelling, usage, punctuation, and capitalization] that are correct to the extent that errors do not detract from overall delivery and require only minimal editing or appear as the obvious consequence of risk-taking.
    3
    A Skilled Response

    Illustrates a competent understanding of the task with a focus on the central topic through strong control over and development of id...
  28. usage
    the act of employing

    Contains few, if any, errors; demonstrates effective control of age-appropriate standard writing conventions [spelling, usage, punctuation, and capitalization] that are correct to the extent that errors do not detract from overall delivery and require only minimal editing or appear as the obvious consequence of risk-taking.
    3
    A Skilled Response

    Illustrates a competent understanding of the task with a focus on the central topic through strong control over and development of id...
  29. error
    a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance

    Contains few, if any, errors; demonstrates effective control of age-appropriate standard writing conventions [spelling, usage, punctuation, and capitalization] that are correct to the extent that errors do not detract from overall delivery and require only minimal editing or appear as the obvious consequence of risk-taking.
    3
    A Skilled Response

    Illustrates a competent understanding of the task with a focus on the central topic through strong control over and development of id...
  30. consistent
    the same throughout in structure or composition
    Score
    Description
    4
    A Masterful Response

    Illustrates a thorough understanding of the task by maintaining a clear and consistent focus on the central topic through outstanding control over and development of ideas [details, reasons, examples, evidence, anecdotes, events, descriptions, etc.] that fully support and/or enhance the central topic.
  31. anecdote
    short account of an incident
    Score
    Description
    4
    A Masterful Response

    Illustrates a thorough understanding of the task by maintaining a clear and consistent focus on the central topic through outstanding control over and development of ideas [details, reasons, examples, evidence, anecdotes, events, descriptions, etc.] that fully support and/or enhance the central topic.
  32. illustrate
    depict with a visual representation
    Score
    Description
    4
    A Masterful Response

    Illustrates a thorough understanding of the task by maintaining a clear and consistent focus on the central topic through outstanding control over and development of ideas [details, reasons, examples, evidence, anecdotes, events, descriptions, etc.] that fully support and/or enhance the central topic.
  33. reasonable
    showing sound judgment

    Presents an adequate order and structure based upon a reasonable but perhaps obvious beginning, ideas that usually flow smoothly and logically, predictable yet purposeful transitions, and an ending that may be obvious but reasonable.
  34. delivery
    voluntary transfer of something from one party to another

    Contains few, if any, errors; demonstrates effective control of age-appropriate standard writing conventions [spelling, usage, punctuation, and capitalization] that are correct to the extent that errors do not detract from overall delivery and require only minimal editing or appear as the obvious consequence of risk-taking.
    3
    A Skilled Response

    Illustrates a competent understanding of the task with a focus on the central topic through strong control over and development of id...
  35. precise
    sharply exact or accurate or delimited

    Contains appropriate, powerful, precise language that consistently assists in the development of ideas.
  36. audience
    a gathering of spectators or listeners at a performance

    Demonstrates a clear, consistent perspective or stance through evidence of identifiable voice, tone, and/or style appropriate for purpose and audience.
Created on January 27, 2011

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