History Essay Rubric

As some of you may know by now, this is the 1st year I’ve really tried to teach writing. And I know I’m still not doing it like I should be. But I’m doing better than if I weren’t teaching it at all! 🙂

I’m also trying to have my kids write in all areas(ok,math is getting the shaft…).

I decided to bite the bullet and teach the essay format. So we write one together before I asked them to write one in history. Then after they wrote one in immigration and labor unions, we made a rubric together. Yes, I think we should have done the rubric BEFORE writing the essay. Lesson learned. 🙂

BUT- I did let them revise anything they wanted to using the rubric.

Here’s the rubric we created together:


I know. I need to take a class on how to write on a dry erase board!

I’m thinking maybe we need to create a rubric together before each type of writing we attempt. What do you think??

Do you use rubrics? Do you teach essay writing?

Do you teach writing?