How & Why:
I came across a rubric similar to this one when I was looking for a way to assess the student’s writing I was working with at the Scotts school. I liked the overall simple format it makes it easy for student to understand. To apply it to the lesson I taught I changed some of the wording. I did a mini lesson on linking words and phrases so that was included under quality. The students and I discussed lengths of a paragraph; some paragraphs may be short while others are longer. (Generally, a paragraph should be at least four sentences.) So length was included in quantity. Neatness, spelling and punctuation were all considered and comparable with the WIDA standards.
Overall, I think this rubric was very helpful with my writing lesson and watched the 4th grade students go back and review their papers to the rubric before turning them in. After I was done grading their papers it was also nice to refer back to the rubrics to explain why I gave them the score I did.