Friendly Letter Rubric – More like criteriaSeptember 17, 2007 at 7:22 pm | Posted in Open Court, second grade, writing | 3 Comments
I never did learn the difference between a list of criteria and a rubric. In any case, this is how I grade my student’s writing.
My students are very familiar with this format and they know exactly what they need to get a good grade, because it’s charted and reviewed almost daily. Whenever we have a related lesson, I refer back to this rubric. For example,we’ve been working on writing in complete sentences. I refer back to this rubric and remind my students that complete sentences are worth 5 points. We are very goal oriented in my class. I will post more on our second grade friendly letter writing assignment in my next post. For now, I just wanted to share the rubric.
Why a rubric like this? It is directly connected to writing standards. For students, it makes explicit what they need to do in their writing. For teachers, it makes clear what a particular student needs to work on, and through several assignments, you can measure a student’s growth in a particular area.
For those of us who work with second grade Open Court in LAUSD, we know that Unit 2’s writing assessment is to write a thank you letter to a friend. Thus the rubric. We are very goal oriented, did I mention that?
This rubric is modified from the Write From The Beginning program.
I translate the 20 point system into a 4 point grade like this:
- 20 points – 4
- 19-16 points – 3
- 15-10 points – 2
- <9 points – 1