The General Marking Rubric

Most written work in English 9 will be marked on the snapshot rubric (below). Students may be evaluated just on one aspect of the rubric (voice, for example) for specific assignments. Other assignments may have specific criteria (and so, a unique rubric). If this is the case, we will discuss the requirements in class as the work is assigned.

Snapshot Rubric (Marks possible: 0-6)
Note: a score of 0 will be awarded if student does not respond, or if student does not address the topic given.
Not Yet Meeting
Minimally Meeting
Fully Meeting

The writing is incomplete and does not accomplish the task, but does refer to the topic.
The writing shows problems in logic, style and mechanics, and may be confusing.
The writing is generally easy to follow and understand, but does not engage the reader.
The writing is clear, but without significant analysis.
The writing is clear, analytic, and flows smoothly.
The writing is engaging and "a pleasure to read" with some sophistication
Breakdown of the snapshot: the teacher takes into account the following aspects:
(ideas and information; use of details)
Ideas are not developed.
Ideas are broad generalizations with little support and no clear purpose.
Ideas are often listed or developed unevenly, with little support or sense of purpose.
Ideas are generally straightforward and clear with some support and sense of purpose.
Ideas are well-developed and supported with a clear sense of purpose.
Ideas are fully developed and supported with originality or maturity.
(language usage and sentence structure)
No discernable purpose.
Colloquial vocabulary, weak sentence structure
Limited vocabulary and sentence variety
Basic vocabulary and some sentence variety
Appropriate word choice and sentence variety
Effective word choice and sentence variety
(knowledge of audience; appropriate tone)
Lacks voice entirely.
Inappropriate voice or tone for the audience
Lacks a sense of audience or of tone.
Attempts to engage the audience, but lacks a consistent voice.
Voice and tone generally engage the audience.
Voice and tone engage the audience throughout.
(form, including a beginning, middle and end; transitions)
Lacks structure.
Structure seems illogical .
Structure may be weak.
Structure may be formulaic
Structure is logical and writing demonstrates control
Structure is logical and writing may appear effortless
(spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. )
Frequent serious errors.
Frequent noticeable errors interfere with meaning.
Errors may distract and impede meaning sometimes.
Errors generally do not impede meaning.
Errors are generally not distracting.
Errors are not distracting.