Middle School Writing Rubrics

In my book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12, I shared the following middle school writing rubrics with my readers. Unfortunately, the short links I provided in my book have timed out, so I wanted to share these on my blog so any middle school teachers interested in using them have access! Feel free to make a copy and adjust as needed.






I will be posting the high school writing rubrics as soon as I can get them reformatted in a shareable version. If you have rubrics you use, love, and are willing to share, I’d love to crowdsource rubrics here!

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14 Responses to Middle School Writing Rubrics

  1. Susan Gray says:

    Thank you for this wonderful resource! I love getting the emails from your site.

    What are your thoughts on putting the high score description in the 2nd column next to the criteria? Students’ eyes are naturally drawn to the columns in order of left to right, so putting the high scoring description makes it the first thing they look at. It sets the tone for them, as if to say, “Do this! This is the best!”

    Thank you again for providing this rubric. The descriptions and criteria are very well-written.

    • Hi Susan,

      You are absolutely welcome to edit and rework them! My co-teacher prefers rubrics that start with 4 on the left side for those exact reasons. Mentally, it works better for me this way. That said, they are easy to copy and change!


  2. Melanie Taylor says:

    Thanks so much!

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  4. Jiyeaon Chang says:

    Thank you so much for sharing such a valuable resource!

  5. Carly Bean says:

    Hello, are the high school rubrics available on the website, or in the book?

  6. Emileta Warner-Paul says:

    Dear Ms Tucker

    I was browsing and came across you rubrics for students writing. I read them and immediately fall in love with the simplicity of their structure. Thanks for making these resource available, easing research time.

    I deem it a pleasure to be able to use them for my assessment.

  7. Mitzie says:

    Any ideas for a poetry rubric. I hate “grading” poetry. I truly believe students should have absolute freedom, but Texas TEKS say otherwise…..so…..

    I so appreciate the clarity and ease of understanding these rubrics provide!!

    • Hi Mitzie,

      I tend to agree with you. However, if you are expected to assess poetry, I’d start with the language in the TEKs and work backward. What do the TEKs want you to assess when it comes to poetry? Figurative language, sensory details, thematic progression? I’d isolate each “skill” or element of poetry they want you to assess then use those as your criteria and describe what that skill or element looks like in each stage–beginner, developing, proficient, mastery.


  8. Vanessa says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your rubrics with teachers! Extremely helpful and greatly appreciated.

  9. Elizabeth Collado says:

    Thank you for sharing your rubrics.


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