Writing Rubric for the end of the year

Hi Everyone! I made a rubric for the Easter stories that we did last week, and decided to make a generic one as well so I could share it with you all.

We've been writing a lot of stories and working on including a beginning, middle and end. I have kiddos at all different stages (probably like you do). The parents at my school are so involved so I like to be very specific when I grade so I can communicate strengths and areas of growth. That's why I love rubrics! You don't have to write a ton to explain your grading.

This one has a small space for you to leave comments:
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This one doesn't have a space for comments:

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For me, the 2's are "just right" for first grade. The 3's are slightly above and the 4's are excelling. I generally don't have a ton of 4's but I do have students that are exceptional writing, so I have to have that category. The 1's mean that they low in that area. Our grades are N, S-, S, S+, and E. If a student gets mostly 2's then I consider that an S (average). 3's are S+, mostly 1's would be an N and a mixture of 1's with 2's would be an S-. I didn't put the grading scale on the rubrics so you could decide what's best for you. I know this rubric may seem over the top for first graders, but this is truly what I look for at this point in the year from my writers. I feel like this rubric helps me to clearly show strengths and areas of growth. It might not be for everyone, but it works well for me. :)

I'd love to hear how you all grade writing, and any tips/suggestions you have. 


  1. This is a great, easy to use, writing rubric. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Thank you for sharing your rubrics!

    Lori (luvyorkies@gmail.com)
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  3. These are great! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
    Over the 1st Grade Rainbow

  4. Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower!



  5. I am a huge fan of rubrics.These are great!!Like you, I have parents who keep close tabs on how their kiddos are doing, and how they can help! Thanks for doing what you do!!

  6. Thank you for sharing your rubrics.

  7. Thanks for sharing. I love it!

  8. Do you have a writing rubric for the beginning and middle of the year?

    1. I have a pack of rubrics that you can find here: http://snippetsbysarah.blogspot.com/2012/06/writing-rubrics.html

    2. Thank you! They are exactly what I needed. I really appreciate your quick response.

  9. I have been looking for a basic writing rubric for my 3rd grade students. I am not happy with the rubrics that are included in our current curriculum. Thank you so much for this - it will be most helpful!

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