Review: Kid-Friendly Writing Rubric on Teachers Pay Teachers
The kid-friendly writing rubric is a free download
from Teachers Pay Teachers. The rubric establishes a grading standard for young
writers turning in their first pieces of narrative writing. My personal opinion
is that rubrics are extremely helpful for any written assignment, and their
helpfulness might be especially great for beginning writers.
The rubric offers a guideline to measure a written
assignment according to the standards of good writing and the evaluation is
presented in a way that kids would like. Points are assigned on a scale of ice
cream cones, with the lowest score being a scoop of ice cream that fell off the
cone and the highest score being an ice cream cone with whipped cream,
sprinkles, and a cherry. Categories being evaluated include elements of the
story like descriptive details and a basic story structure, as well as
technical elements like spelling, capitalization, and neatness. As a kid with
an intense desire for structure and clear boundaries, I would have loved having
this rubric to guide me through my huge second-grade class project: writing and
illustrating a story and then having it “published" in a hardback form somehow
or other. I still don’t know what exactly went into that project, but somewhere
in my mom’s attic there is a little hardbound book with crayon illustrations
about an alien and a puppy.
This download is tagged for writers from kindergarten to
third grade. While I imagine some kindergarten writers might be a touch too
young for creative writing in a length great enough to be evaluated by a
rubric, young kids in any classroom would probably be helped a lot by knowing
exactly what is expected of them in their writing.
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