RUBRIC: Response to Literature—Poetry
This rubric is aligned to the Grade Span Expectations as set forth by the Rhode Island Department of Education and the potential Depth of Knowledge that should be
expected in the work. To achieve a successful score on the task, a student must meet or exceed standard on the expectations indicated by an asterisk.
Exceeds Standard Meets Standard Nearly Meets Standard Below Standard
4 3 2 1
* Skillfully hooks reader’s interest by Effectively hooks reader’s interest Attempts to hook the reader but Weak and/or confusing
Engages and orients using descriptive language and/or by using descriptive language strategies used ineffectively. attempt to hook the reader.
the reader authoritative voice. and/or authoritative voice.
W 10-1.4, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5 Attempts to establish the contexts. Incomplete or inaccurate
Skillfully establishes a context. context.
Establishes a context (a situation, Attempts to establish a thesis
Advances a provocative thesis based problem, condition, or based on the prompt, but it is not And/or
on the prompt. circumstance). W 10-2.1 entirely clear or complete.
Establishes a weak,
Clearly establishes a valid thesis confusing and/or inaccurate
based on the prompt. W 10-3.1a thesis or one that does not
address the prompt.
* Effectively supports valid judgments Effectively supports valid Most judgments are not supported Little or no evidence to
Identifies and interprets using specific details and references to judgments using specific details with valid or clear evidence and/or support judgment and/or
the theme and the effect the poem to support the thesis. and references to the poem to most interpretations are inaccurate. inaccurate interpretation.
of the literary devices support the thesis. W 10-3.2, 3.3
Accurately identifies and interprets the Identifies and interprets few Fails to identify or interpret
effect of several appropriate literary Accurately identifies and interprets literary devices in relation to literary devices in relation
devices in relation to the prompt. the effect of several appropriate prompt. to the prompt.
literary devices in relation to the
prompt. W 10-3.2 May include several inaccurate Interpretations are
Creates an organizing Uses an organizational structure that Uses an organizational structure Uses an organizational structure There is little evidence of
structure enhances the response. that allows for a progression of that causes confusion. organization.
ideas to develop.
The opening, body, and closure are The response shows some
W 10-1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 3.4, 4.6,
skillfully organized. elements of organization.
The response includes an opening,
body, and closure.
Demonstrates command Demonstrates consistent control of Demonstrates control of usage, Demonstrates some control of Demonstrates little control
of written language grammar, usage, punctuation, sentence grammar, punctuation, sentence usage, grammar, punctuation, of usage, grammar,
conventions construction, and spelling. construction, and spelling. sentence construction, and punctuation, sentence
spelling. construction, or spelling.
Occasional errors do not interfere
with meaning. W 10-9.1, 9.2, 9.3, Errors interfere with meaning. Numerous errors interfere
9.4, 9.5 with meaning.
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