Five Traits Rubric
For any official writing assignment, I recommend you use the following guideline of the five traits Rubric to write your essays or even posting assignments:
Your writing is evaluated based on the following traits:1. Development of Ideas – Be sure to answer all these questions when developing your ideas:
2. Conventions– Here are some questions on some typical writing conventions:
- Did you answer the question you were asked?
- Did you effectively complete all components of the assignment? (Introduction, Body, and Conclusion)
- Does your writing convey your understanding of the content required to answer the question?
- Does your writing reflect sophistication and skill in areas such as grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word choice?
- Does it contain a significant number of errors in these areas?
- Do these kinds of errors make it more difficult to understand what you are trying to say?
3. Organization – It is important to organize your writing in a logical manner: Introduction, Body, and Conclusion. Answer these questions about organization:
- Does your writing contain a clear structure that makes it easy to follow?
- Does the organization enhance understanding?
- Do you use introductions, transitions, and conclusions effectively?
4. Voice – How do you evaluate voice in your writing? Consider the following questions:
- Is the writing appropriate for the audience?
- Is the tone sincere? Engaging? Friendly or impersonal?
- When appropriate, does your writing impart a sense of your beliefs, personality, or experiences
5. Focus and Coherence – This trait is particularly important in selling and marketing your ideas. Answer these questions:
- How persuasive is your writing?
- Does your writing provide support for its conclusions?
- Are the examples and arguments relevant to the point you are trying to make?