ELA A 10 Journal Entry Rubric
Criteria Level 4 Level 3 Level 2 Level 1
Excellent Good Average Poor
Content Message is very Message is clear, Message is Message is
(what the writer clear, focused, and focused and recognizable. unclear.
says and the details well developed. adequately More details and Ideas are
used to support the Ideas are supported developed. examples are unsupported,
message) with insightful and Most ideas are needed to support vague, or
interesting supported with the main idea confusing. Details
examples and clear examples and and/or provide a and examples may
details. details. focus. be inappropriate.
Organization Composition is Composition has a Composition has a Composition is
(the focus, well-organized and clear main idea recognizable main difficult to figure
organization, and developed and follows a idea and order. out.
transitions used) logically. logical sequence. Introduction does Introduction is
Introduction makes Introduction not effectively missing or
reader want to provides direction develop the central ineffective.
continue. for the reader. idea. Ideas are poorly
Ideas and support Ideas and support Ideas are related to supported or non-
arranged in an arranged one concept. existent.
effective pattern. coherently. Conclusion does Ideas are unrelated
Paper ends Conclusion is not effectively end or unclear.
effectively. appropriate. the paper. Conclusion is
Transitions are Transitions are Transitions are not ineffective or non-
effective and clear. always sufficient existent.
smooth. or effective Transition words
used or missing.
Language The language, The language, The language, The language,
(language choices tone, and point of tone, and point of tone, and point of tone, and point of
the writer made to view are effective view are clear and view are view are
achieve the and captures the consistent. appropriate most inconsistent or
purpose) reader’s interest. Language is used of the time. inappropriate.
Impressive effectively. Language is clear Language is
language is used to and unclear and
communicate the straightforward. uninteresting.
Mechanics Sentences are Sentences are Sentences are Sentences are
(conventions of varied, complete, complete and show generally correct incorrect and/or
writing: sentence and clear. some variety. but lack variety. simple structure.
structure, usage, Word choices are Most words Most word choices Word choices are
spelling, vivid and specific. choices are are correct but inappropriate and
capitalization, and Most words are effective. uninteresting. ineffective.
punctuation) spelled correctly. Two or three Four or five words Many words are
Punctuation and misspelled words. are misspelled. misspelled.
capitalization are Two or three Four or five Many punctuation
correct. punctuation and punctuation and and capitalization
capitalization capitalization errors.