i wrote them in excel, but my microsoft office is the newest or something and gives my files an "x" at the end when they are saved, so i can't just email them as excel spreadsheets. a normal spreadsheet might be called rubric.xls but my program has it as rubric.xlsX and that X prevents someone else from opening it. it's a pain in the butt.
i'm glad many people will find them helpful. i have already started making copies to use them next year. i'm going to have a child grade their draft before their published piece, so they can see what they would give themselves. this way, they can make any last changes before their final draft is made. i think i will give them the option of grading themselves or asking a friend to grade them.
These are wonderful! It's so nice to have a version the kids can understand. I also like your idea of having them grade their own before the final draft using the rubric...it takes out some of the guess work on their part. Also great for the parents to see!
You must have Office 2007. You can share files with others who don't have Office 2007 in the way you save your files. When you click 'Save as" enter your file name then right underneath it lists the file type. Click on the down arrow and save your file as an earlier version of Word. I think is says 1997-2003 version. Then share away!
Not only had I planned on making our district's rubrics Kid-Friendly, but I also wanted to make them with the terms that match our state test terminology... and, without having to ask you, YOU DID THEM BOTH for me! Wow! I'm going to have start sending you MORE of my "Things to do list" vibes!
lol...since PA tests don't test descriptive writing, i haven't done that yet. however, i'm hoping by the end of the summer to have a kid-friendly descriptive rubric, because i still think it is important.
is there any way you could send me some plans to get started on my narrative and persuasive writing units? i am a new teacher, (low) grade 6, and i have NO lesson plans!! i teach LA and would love some help, especially with writing!!! thanks
Thank you so much for sharing these. I was working all night long on trying to figure out the best way to re-word the PA rubric into kid friendly language. I decided on a whim to do a google search for help and your rubrics came up. They are truly wonderful and I can't wait to share them with the rest of my third grade team!
Thanks so much for doing this! Just an FYI, when you go to save the file, you can change that type of document to a .doc When the "save" box comes up, look for the "format" button, it should allow you to choose the type of file you want.