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A rubric is a scoring tool that explicitly represents the performance expectations for an assignment or piece of work.
Ask students to identify successful examples from their own (or published) work.
Consider handing out sample student papers (with permission from former students) or fabricated examples.
A rubric divides the assigned work into component parts and provides clear descriptions of the characteristics of the work associated with each component, at varying levels of mastery.
Rubrics can be used for a wide array of assignments: papers, projects, oral presentations, artistic performances, group projects, etc.After all, with essay writing you cannot simply mark some answers correct and others incorrect and figure out a percentage.The good news is that grading an essay can be just as easy and straightforward as grading multiple-choice tests with the use of a rubric!Furthermore, rubrics can reduce the time spent grading by reducing uncertainty and by allowing instructors to refer to the rubric description associated with a score rather than having to write long comments.Finally, grading rubrics are invaluable in large courses that have multiple graders (other instructors, teaching assistants, etc.) because they can help ensure consistency across graders and reduce the systematic bias that can be introduced between graders.Some argue that this is a simpler and more efficient way to respond to students and that students are able to benefit from the clarity and directness of in-text feedback.often determine a student’s grade, what criteria does the writing teacher use to evaluate the work of his or her students?If you use a rubric in your essay grading, you can communicate those standards as well as make your grading more objective with more practical suggestions for your students.In addition, once you write your rubric you can use it for all future evaluations.A discussion about grade ranges helps students understand the differences between the grades and what you expect from them.Discussing what constitutes “good writing” in your discipline is also strongly recommended.