This book will help students craft powerful essays by tuning them in to the elements of good writing. Kids read a set of sample student papers and rank them from strongest to weakest. By comparing the samples, they can really see when writing works—and when it doesn’t. Lessons show you how to use the rubric and six sets of essays—all included in this book—to teach content, organization, development, grammar, and more.
Using a Rubric
A rubric is an excellent way to illustrate the elements of good writing, and it serves as a reference point for both students and teachers as they evaluate a piece of writing. I've developed a master rubric that divides the characteristics of good writing into four broad categories that reflect the divisions used by many state assessments: content and organization, sentence construction, usage, and mechanics.