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Writing SOL Rubric

2013

Name: _________________________
Block: _____

Composing/Written Expression Domain


4 Consistent Control

3 Reasonable Control

Fat Albert

Slim Jim

The writer does not have to maintain perfect control.

The writer may control some features more than others.

Examples, anecdotes, illustrations, details


Clear, logical organizational plan
Few digressions, effective transitions that
connect ideas within and across paragraphs
Consistent point of view, effective lead/closure
Sentences of various lengths and structures
create a rhythmic flow
Highly specific word choice, purposefully selected
information, descriptive and/or figurative
language creates tone and enhances the writers
voice

Possible thinness, unevenness in elaboration


Evidence of an organizational plan, although
some lapses may occur
Few minor digressions/shifts in point of view,
Purposeful use of some transitions, the presence
of a lead/closure
Sentences of various lengths/structures, but a
lack of sentence complexity may diminish rhythm
Specific word choice, descriptive language, and
selective information; some general statements
may be present flattening the tone/voice.

2 Inconsistent Control

1 Little/No Control

Skeleton

Ghost

The writing indicates significant weakness.

The writing indicates little understanding.

Lists general, underdeveloped statements


Organizes ideas with limited evidence of the
relationship between ideas/events
Little unity due to the Inconsistent use of
transitions, major digressions, competing central
ideas, occasional shifts in point of view, weak
lead/closure
Little sentence variety lack of rhythmic flow
Mostly imprecise, bland language (although
some specificity and word choice could allow the
writers voice/tone to emerge on occasion)

Little/No purposeful elaboration


Little/No organizational plan; fails to develop
relationships between ideas/events; typically
jumps from one thought to the next
Little/No unity due to major digressions, shifts in
point of view, lack of transitions, limited
lead/closure
Lacks sentence variety monotonous
General, vague, and/or repetitious vocabulary;
little/no selected information; fails to create tone
or develop the writers voice

Usage & Mechanics


Topics include:
Sentence Formation fragments, run-ons,
comma splices, beginning sentences with
coordinating conjunctions
Usage subject/verb agreement, pronoun
agreement, pronoun case, adjectives & adverbs,
verb tenses, plurals and possessives, double
negatives, homophones
Mechanics punctuation, capitalization,
formatting, spelling

4 Consistent Control
Does not have to be
perfect

3 Reasonable Control
The writing outweighs
occasional errors

2 Inconsistent Control
The density/variety of
errors outweigh the
writing

1 Little/No Control
Frequent/severe
errors overwhelm the
writing

This rubric is intended for holistic scoring.