Rubric for Writing to Respond Portfolio
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Cover letter Cover letter identifies specific revisions Cover letter identifies some revisions and provides Cover letter identifies few or no specific
made to the pieces in the portfolio, clearly some reasons for these changes but identification revisions and provides little or no explanation
explains the reasons for these revisions, and and/or explanation is inconsistent. Credit for revision for those revisions. Credit for revision
gives credit to the people who provided suggestions is provided but sometimes unclear or suggestions is not provided or is very
useful revision suggestions. confusing. confusing or unclear.
Cover letter includes thoughtful, thorough Cover letter includes discussion of what works well Cover letter provides little or no discussion of
discussion of what works well in the and what might be improved in the entries, but that what works or what might be improved in the
portfolio entries and what might be discussion is uneven or underdeveloped in some areas. entries.
Summaries Each summary provides a clear overview of For the most part, the summaries provide clear Summaries are inaccurate or unclear in
the reading(s) or event(s). The details overviews. Some summaries may be unclear or the multiple instances and the wording is
included in the summary are relevant to the wording confusing. Some details in the summaries frequently confusing.
responses (see below) included in the relate to the responses (see below) in the portfolio, but
portfolio entry. some do not.
Responses Responses clearly take up the prompts (if Responses generally address the prompts (if provided) Responses largely fail to engage the prompts
provided) and reflect engagement with and and engage the issues raised by the events and/or and/or the issues raised by the events and/or
careful thinking about the reading(s) and/or readings, but sometimes stray off topic or are unclear. readings. They are often unclear, leaving the
event(s) and the issues they raise. reader confused
Supporting Throughout the items in the portfolio, the Details from the readings and/or events are provided in Details provided from the readings and/or
details from the writer includes details from the readings some items, but lacking in others or do not clearly events are minimal and do not seem to
readings and/or and/or events to support his or her points. relate to the points being made. support the points being made.
Tone Employs a tone that is appropriate for Includes occasional areas where tone is not appropriate Contains many areas with a tone that is not
audience of classmates/instructor for audience of classmates/instructor appropriate for audience of
Sentences Includes very few errors in usage and Includes occasional errors in grammar and/or usage, Includes frequent errors in grammar/usage,
grammar. Prose reads clearly and smoothly. some of which may obstruct meaning including several that impede