8th Grade FCAT Writing Rubric
Focus Organization Support Conventions
Focused and Conveys a sense of Substantial, specific, relevant, Few, if any, convention
purposeful and completeness and concrete. Shows commitment to errors in mechanics,
reflects insight wholeness with and involvement with the usage, punctuation, and
6 into the writing adherence to main idea. subject. May use creative writing spelling.
situation. Pattern provides for a strategies. Mature command of
logical progression of language and freshness of
ideas. expression. Sentence structure is
varied and complete.
Focused on the Organizational pattern Ample support. Mature Generally follows the
topic. provides a logical command of language, including conventions of mechanics,
progression of ideas precision in word choice. usage, and spelling.
5 (some lapses may Variation in sentence structure,
occur). Conveys sense and with rare exceptions,
of completeness or sentences are complete.
Focused on the Organizational pattern is Support, including word choice, Generally follows the
topic but may apparent, although some is adequate although conventions of mechanics,
include lapses may occur. development may be uneven. usage, and spelling.
4 extraneous or Exhibits some sense of Little variation in sentence
loosely related completeness or structure, and most sentences are
material. wholeness. complete.
Generally An organizational Some support included, but Knowledge of the
focused but may pattern has been development is erratic. Word conventions of mechanics
contain attempted but may lack choice is adequate but may be and usage is usually
3 extraneous or a sense of completeness limited, predictable, or demonstrated, and
loosely related or wholeness. occasionally vague. Little, if any commonly used words are
material. variation in sentence structure. usually spelled correctly.
Related to the Little evidence of an Development is inadequate or Errors in basic
topic but includesorganizational pattern illogical. Word choice is limited, conventions of mechanics
extraneous or may be demonstrated inappropriate, or vague. Little, if and usage may occur,
2 loosely related and may lack a sense of any variation in sentence and commonly used
material. completeness or structure, and gross errors in words may be misspelled.
wholeness. sentence structure may appear.
May only The paper is a Little, if any, development of Frequent and blatant
minimally address fragmentary or support or a pattern is apparent. errors may occur in the
the topic. incoherent listing of Limited or inappropriate word basic conventions of
1 related ideas or choice may obscure meaning. mechanics and usage.
sentences or both. Gross errors in sentence Commonly used words
structure and usage. may be misspelled.
Does not address The paper is Support is not developed or is An abundance of errors in
the topic. unorganized and does off-topic. Word choice is weak. the basic conventions of
not make sense as Major errors in sentence mechanics and usage.
0 written. structure and word usage. Commonly used words