8th Grade FCAT Student Friendly Writing Rubric

Student Friendly

8th Grade FCAT Writing Rubric

 

Focus

Organization

Support

Conventions

 

 

6

 

 

Focused and purposeful and reflects insight into the writing situation.

Conveys a sense of completeness and wholeness with adherence to main idea.  Pattern provides for a logical progression of ideas.

Substantial, specific, relevant, concrete.  Shows commitment to and involvement with the subject.  May use creative writing strategies. Mature command of language and freshness of expression.  Sentence structure is varied and complete.

Few, if any, convention errors in mechanics, usage, punctuation, and spelling

 

 

5

 

 

Focused on the topic.

Organizational pattern provides a logical progression of ideas (some lapses may occur). Conveys sense of completeness or wholeness.

Ample support.  Mature command of language, including precision in word choice.  Variation in sentence structure, and with rare exceptions, sentences are complete.

Generally follows the conventions of  mechanics, usage, and spelling.

 

 

4

 

 

Focused on the topic and may include extraneous or loosely related material.

Organizational pattern is apparent, although some lapses may occur.  Exhibits some sense of completeness or wholeness.

Support, including word choice, is adequate although development may be uneven.  Little variation in sentence structure, and most sentences are complete.

Generally follows the conventions of mechanics, usage, and spelling.

 

 

3

 

 

Generally focused but may contain extraneous or loosely related material.

An organizational pattern has been attempted but may lack a sense of completeness or wholeness.

Some support included, but development is erratic.  Word choice is adequate but may be limited, predictable, or occasionally vague.  Little, if any variation in sentence structure.

Knowledge of the conventions of mechanics and usage is usually demonstrated, and commonly used words are usually spelled correctly.

 

 

2

 

 

Related to the topic but includes extraneous or loosely related material.

Little evidence of an organizational pattern may be demonstrated and may lack a sense of completeness or wholeness.

Development is inadequate or illogical. Word choice is limited, inappropriate, or vague.  Little, if any variation in sentence structure, and gross errors in sentence structure may appear.

Errors in basic conventions of mechanics and usage may occur, and  commonly used words may be misspelled.

 

 

1

 

 

May only minimally address the topic.

The paper is a fragmentary or incoherent listing of related ideas or sentences or both.

Little, if any, development of support or a pattern is apparent. Limited or inappropriate word choice may obscure meaning.  Gross errors in sentence structure and usage.

Frequent and blatant errors may occur in the basic conventions of mechanics and usage.  Commonly used words may be misspelled.