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Six Trait Scoring Rubric
 
 
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Ideas
Creative, original ideas 

Details support the main idea and make it interesting

Makes sense and enjoyable to read

Believable, reader cares about story
Interesting, new ideas

Details explain the main ideas, making it more interesting 

Makes sense

Believable, reader is interested
Ideas are expressed clearly

Reader can identify the main idea that is supported with details

Most of the details relate to the main idea

Understandable
The main idea is presented, although there are some questions

Some details, but may be too general or not related to the main idea

Very few new ideas presented
Is there a main idea? I’m not sure!

Either very few details or too many details that aren’t connected 

Reader is not interested, unsure about the topic
No main idea or lots of unrelated ideas

No details

Writer is confused

Reader is confused
 
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Organization
Well organized and purposeful

Ideas are clearly linked to support a position 

Compelling lead & convincing conclusion 

Carefully selected transitions
Good organization 

Ideas are connected and supported with detail

Strong lead and appropriate conclusion

Strong transitions
Reader can follow the organization of ideas

Details are connected to main idea

Includes a lead and conclusion

Helpful transitions
Reader can usually follow the organization

Details don’t always match main idea

Introduction and/or conclusion may need revision

Some transitions 
Hard to follow

No clear main idea

Too many or not enough details that don’t match main idea

Missing lead and/or conclusion

Few transitions 
Impossible to follow

No main idea, just a collection of details

No lead or conclusion

No transitions 
 
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Voice
Unique, individual and confident voice

Passionate about position, yet never overdone

Uses voice to enhance meaning

Appropriate voice for the topic and audience
Enthusiastic and convincing voice

Interested in topic and conveys purpose to audience

Appropriate voice for the topic and audience
Occasionally original and/or confident voice 

Writer sounds Interested in topic

Appropriate voice for the topic and audience
Sometimes you can hear the authors voice

Voice might change

May convince the reader, not always sure

Usually appropriate for the topic and audience
Too informal, chatty, whiney or sarcastic

Not very interested in the topic, just listing facts

Voice doesn’t match audience
Cant find a voice

Author not interested in topic at all

Boring or confusing to read

Voice does not match the audience
 
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Word Choice
Language grabs the readers attention

Uses vivid, natural language including strong verbs and precise nouns

Uses unexpected phrasing, including alliteration, analogies & metaphors 

Enjoyable to read
Uses interesting words

Uses natural language with strong verbs and nouns

Attempts to use alliteration, similes & metaphors 

Holds readers attention
Uses clear language

Uses some common words

Uses descriptive adjectives and adverbs, good nouns and verbs

Adequate, gets the job done
Uses words correctly to express meaning

Relies on simple, common language

Uses familiar nouns and verbs

Few adjectives, adverbs or phrases

Needs revision
Words are very simple or used incorrectly

Words get in the way of meaning

Same words used over and over

Words are very general (e.g. stuff, nice, said, fun)
Very simple words

Words used incorrectly

Very difficult to understand, makes no sense

Same words used over and over

Reader gives up trying to read it
 
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Sentence Fluency
Uses a variety of lengths and structures to enhance meaning 
Uses variety of sentence openers such as prepositional phrases, clauses, modifiers, participles, 

Smooth, natural writing begs to be read aloud
Many sentences begin differently and vary in length

Different sentence openers such as prepositional phrases or clauses

Consistent tense and subject/verb agreement

Writing is easy to read
Sentences begin in a variety of ways 

Verb tense is usually consistent

The subject and verb almost always agree

Some repetition; a few awkward moments when read aloud
Readable, but often requires self-correction

Sentences often begin the same 

Problems with subject/verb agreement and consistent tense

Some run-ons or choppy sentences
Short, choppy sentences

Many incomplete or run-on sentences

Sentences begin the same

Problems with subject/verb agreement affect meaning

Difficult to read
Short sentences all start with the same word 

Most sentences are incomplete or run-on

Problems with sentence structure and grammar affect meaning 

Very difficult to read
 
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Conventions
Practically perfect!

Conventions carefully chosen to enhance meaning

Complex text requires wide use of sophisticated punctuation & conventions

Ready to publish
A few minor errors that don’t affect meaning

Attempts and uses sophisticated conventions, not always successfully

Almost ready to publish
Obvious, but minor errors that don’t affect meaning

Simple conventions are fine

Some errors in difficult spelling, or sophisticated conventions

Easily edited 
Obvious, distracting errors that may affect meaning

Only attempts simple use of conventions

Errors on basic spelling, usage & punctuation

Needs editing
Many obvious, distracting errors

Lots of spelling, punctuation and usage errors

Serious problems with subject/verb agreement

Line-by-line editing required
Many serious errors that make it difficult to understand

Many misspellings of the same word

Capitalization and punctuation is incorrect

Needs to be completely rewritten
 
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