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Writing Rubric 4th Grade

A writing rubric assesses the quality of a child’s writing. In fourth grade a child is expected to write a BCR, brief constructed response, that provides details from the text. The fourth grade teacher should review the criteria prior to a child completing his writing assignment. The criteria may need to be explained a few times until the student gets accustomed to providing appropriate detail.

Fourth Grade Rubric

The tables below provide a list of the points earned when grading a fourth grader’s writing assignment. These guidelines should be clearly communicated with each student.

1-3-1 Brief Constructed Response Rubric
Score Criteria
1 Contains a topic sentence.
1 1. Contains different detail from the text.
1 2. Contains different detail from the text.
1 3. Contains different detail from the text.
1 Concludes with a sentence that restates the topic sentence.


1-6-1 Brief Constructed Response Rubric
Score Criteria
1 Contains a topic sentence.
1 1. Contains detail from the text.
1 2. Includes a minor detail.
1 3. Contains detail from the text.
1 4. Includes a minor detail.
1 5. Contains detail from the text.
1 6. Includes a minor detail.
1 Concludes with a sentence that restates the topic sentence.


The topic sentence should turn the question around (TTQA) and “hook” a reader. When providing details, a writer should use smart cookie phrases.

Poetry Rubric
Score Criteria
3 Wrote a creative and original poem; the author put thought into both words and ideas.
3 Poem contains vivid detailed definitions of the subject matter.
3 Detailed notes support the poet’s inspiration, e.g., techniques applied.
1 Used both correct spelling and punctuation.


Writing rubric is a great tool that assists both the teacher and student; it gives the teacher grading criteria while presenting a student with feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of her writing.

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