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Personal Essay Rubric

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.)

Click here to view the rubric.

As always, I’d appreciate your feedback if you think there are areas that could be clearer on the rubric.

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.

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).

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.

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  1. Dear Stacey,
    Thank you for the rubric. I found it to be helpful since all our students have to wrtie personal essays.


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