Today we’re going to carefully review the Roslyn English Department Rubric.

It will take us multiple efforts to truly understand the rubric.  However, once you understand the nuanced differences between each category & score, then your writing will greatly improve.

The following observations address the issues that most frequently occurred:


Here are two sample student essays that earned 6/6 in each category:




  1. For each category on the rubric, you need to carefully analyze your essay to understand why you earned that grade.   This requires that you read the essay 5 separate times (each time with an eye on a specific category in the rubric).
  2. For each category, you need to edit your work in an attempt to move up 1 point in that category.  This work can be done by placing a star/notation in the area(s) where you want to change something then writing the change on a separate sheet of paper or document.
  3. This work will count as a Minor Grade, and it will be checked in class on Monday.
  4. You must be prepared to share your work with the class.