Rubrics

Secondary ELA Rubrics & Trackers

We use these tools in our planning, assessment & constant problem-solving — on our own, with fellow educators, & with students & families. Rubrics & regular tracking can also be highly effective tools for student investmentrelationship-building. Remember — the numbers are a proxy to help us gauge qualitative progress.

2016-2017 Secondary ELA Trackers

Please click here to access ELA trackers for the 2016-2017 school year.  Please add your own copy of the tracker to your Google Drive.  Don’t forget to share your your tracker link with your content specialist, Lauren.

Independent Reading Growth and Progress

Independent Reading goal: classes will average 2 years of reading growth on the Gates-McGinitie (or district-provided reading-level test) & classes will read gobs of independent reading books (teacher chooses # of books read or # of pages read)

Giving Feedback Quickly: The Daily Response-to-Literature Rubric

Responses to literature, also known as “CFQs” & “DFQs”
Response-to-literature goal: consistent class average of at least 3 out of 4 on this rubric by end of school year


Note: The response-to-literature writing rubric focuses on ideas and support because the primary mission of writing in response to literature is to hone skill in critical thinking and in communicating one’s analysis. To this end, grammar and punctuation are not emphasized on this rubric. In contrast, the broader argumentative writing rubric, at bottom, does assess such conventions and organization.

Also note the correlation between this rubric and the first row of the argumentative writing rubric that follows.

Argumentative Writing

Longer &/or project-style writing: persuasive writing, position papers, & more involved response-to-literature essay projects — as well as writing in response to “cold prompts” like those found on state tests.  Use this rubric to give your students feedback on their writing holistically.
Essay writing goal: consistent class average of at least 3 out of 4 on this rubric by end of school yearText Analysis.Argument.Essay
  • Download and “save as” your Full Class Writing Tracker.
  • Download and “save as” your Grammar Mastery Tracker– optional!  You can also use your gradebook to draw conclusions about which of your students are struggling with different grammar objectives.
  • Download & “save as” a Word doc. version of the Essay Rubric.
  • Consider which student-facing trackers will motivate your students & help them problem-solve, too!
  • The argumentative writing rubric incorporates grammar and conventions in addition to ideas and support. Such assessment aligns with a writers’ workshop method, which incorporates grammar objectives on days devoted to revising and editing.

Narrative Writing

We want our students to be able to convey messages creatively, too.  Use this rubric to give your students feedback on their poetry & stories.
Creative writing goal: students will have opportunities to write creatively.  On narrative writing, students will achieve a consistent class average of a 3 on the narrative rubric.
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