For you, a rubric saves time and decreases subjectivity. Review each criterion with the students and give them specific examples of what you want so they will know what is expected of them. This peer-editing process is a quick and reliable way to see how well the student did on their assignment.
For our example, we will use grammar, organization and overall effect to create a rubric. Grammar Free of most grammatical errors Some grammatical mistakes but generally shows successful grammar usage Frequent grammatical errors Appropriate grammatical knowledge not displayed for current language level Organization.
After you and your students have used the rubric, have them work in groups to make suggested alterations to the rubric to more precisely match their needs or the parameters of a particular writing assignment. Once students complete the essay have them first score their own essay using the rubric, and then switch with a partner.
Keep in mind that when you are using a rubric to grade essays, you can design one rubric for use throughout the semester or modify your rubric as the expectations you have for your students increase.
The essay should have good grammar and show the right level of vocabulary.