Essay Writing Rubrics

Here are some essay writing rubrics to help you get started grading your students’ essays.  You will probably have to customize these rubrics to meet your goals and standards, but these should give you a decent place to start.

Persuasive Essay Rubric 1  – This rubric mainly covers the structure of the essay: attention catcher, introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion and so forth.  Includes a page explaining the structure of the essay.
Persuasive Essay Rubric 1 RTF
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Persuasive Essay Rubric 2 – Another persuasive essay rubric mainly covering the structure of the essay; however, this rubric also requires that the essay is typed.
Persuasive Essay Rubric 2 RTF
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Persuasive Essay Rubric 3 – This rubric focuses on both the structure and the format of the persuasive essay and requires students to type their essays.
Persuasive Essay Rubric 3 RTF
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Narrative Essay Rubric – This rubric will help you grade narrative essays.  It is particularly focused on having a lead or attention catching technique as well as the inclusion of a turning point or climax.  Customize the RTF file to meet your specific goals and needs.
Narrative Essay Rubric RTF
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Editing Rubric – This rubric focuses on  students’ adherence to grammar and conventions.  I used it as part of a grammar and conventions unit that I taught alongside narrative writing.
Editing Rubric RTF
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Research Paper Rubric – This rubric is focused on assessing research papers.  This rubric actually contains two parts: one where reading grades are assigned and one where writing grades are assigned, as I was using this rubric to assign a reading and writing grade.
Research Paper Rubric RTF
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Typed Essay Rubric – A multipurpose rubric for both narrative and persuasive essays.  This rubric mainly focuses on formatting.
Typed Essay Rubric RTF
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  1. ladymacbeth

     /  November 30, 2011

    Thanks for everything Mr. Morton. I am a high school teacher of both enthusiastic readers/writers, and very nonenthusiastic readers/writers. How nice to find your resources. I’m sure I will be able to entice even the most reluctant to do some writing with the help of your prompts.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Lady M.

    • Mr. Morton

       /  December 1, 2011

      I’m happy to hear it. I’d love to add more writing resources soon.

  2. thanks… helpful for my composition class!

  3. Mr A

     /  May 24, 2012

    Wow!! What an incredible resource. Thank you very much.

  4. Thank u so much for the resources, checking essay are quiet easy than before, this is such a great help for us teachers.

  5. Ms.Johnson

     /  November 7, 2012

    Very useful information loved teaching my students theme using your resources!! Thank you!!

  6. amrita

     /  March 21, 2014

    mr. morton, love you…not because you shared these great ws, but to see how amazingly your thinking and teaching is crystal clear.lucky your students must be and making big in life with LA skills accquired from a superb mentor like you. its just not only fun to teach but also to solve your sheets. thats the best part of it! ;-)

    • I am honored by your comments.

      I hope to return your kindness
      by continuing to add more content in the years to come.

      Best wishes.

  7. i learned a lot upon browsing some of the sample of rubrics hope you can put as many sample you can have


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