Using the rubric I created for the personal narrative unit of study as a skeleton, I created a personal essay rubric a few days ago. I tweaked it with Kate yesterday afternoon and this is what I came up with for my kids. Again, there’s a row so that each student can self-assess their writing at the end of the unit of study, which I found to be helpful for me when I did my assessment since I was able to get a better idea of how each child thought that s/he did in a particular area. (NOTE: My students were pretty honest with their self-assessments. Many times I landed up giving them the same score, in a particular area, as they gave themselves.)
As always, I’d appreciate your feedback if you think there are areas that could be clearer on the rubric.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).