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Artist Research Paper Rubric 6th


Rubric For Grading Art

100 95 90%

89 85 80%
Above Average
Very Good

79 75 70%
Not Yet Acceptable

69 65 60%
Below Average
Needs Improvement
Barely Acceptable

59% and below


A: Planned carefully, made several sketches, and showed an awareness of the elements and principles of design; chose color scheme carefully, used space effectively.

B: The artwork shows that the student applied the principles of design while using one or more elements effectively; showed an awareness of filling the space adequately.

C: The student did the assignment adequately, yet it shows lack of planning and little evidence that an overall composition was planned.

D: The assignment was completed and turned in, but showed little evidence of any understanding of the elements and principles of art; no evidence of planning.

F: The student did the minimum or the artwork was never completed.



A: The student explored several choices before selecting one; generating many ideas; tried unusual combinations or changes on several ideas; made connections to previous knowledge; demonstrated understanding problem solving skills.

B: The student tried a few ideas for selecting one; or based his or her work on someone else's idea; made decisions after referring to one source; solve the problem in logical way.

C: The student tried in idea, and help out adequately, but it lacked originality; substituted "symbols" for personal observation; might have copied work.

D: The student fulfill the assignment, but gave no evidence of trying anything unusual.

F: The student showed no evidence of original thought.



A: The project was continued until it was complete as the student could make it; gave it effort far beyond that required; to pride in going well beyond the requirement.

B: The student work hard and completed the project, but with a loom or effort it might have been outstanding.

C: The student finished the project, but it could have been improved with more effort; adequate interpretation of the assignment, but lacking finish; chose an easy project and did it indifferently.

D: The project was completed with minimum effort.

F: The student did not finished the work adequately.



A: The artwork was beautiful and patiently done; it was as good as hard work could make it.

B: With a little more effort, the work could have been outstanding; lacks the finishing touches.

C: The student showed average craftsmanship; adequate, but not as good as it could have been, a bit careless.

D: The student showed below average craftsmanship, lack of pride in finished work.

F: The student showed poor craftsmanship; evidence of lazy this or lack of understanding.


Group Cooperation/Attitude

A: The student work toward group goals, effectively performed a variety of roles in group work, followed through on commitments, was sensitive to the feelings and knowledge level of others, willingly participated in necessary preparation or work for classroom.

B: The student participated enthusiastically, followed through with commitments, performed more than adequately, assisted in preparation and clean-up.

C: The student mostly allowed others in the group to make all the decisions, did his or her share of work adequately, assisted in preparation and cleanup when asked.

D: The student allowed others to do most of the work, did participate minimally, did the minimum amount.

F: The student was part of the group, but did almost nothing toward group goals, did a minimal amount of preparation and cleanup.

Sample Art Rubric

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Following are two rubrics. You can also right-click on the rubrics below and save to your computer

Rubric Submitted by Marianne Galyk



Form adapted using criteria submitted by Patty Knott (see note below)



Note from Patty Knott

I often make entirely original rubrics, this one is borrowed from many sources. I think some of this may have come from Marvin Bartel. The important thing in designing rubrics is that YOU believe what you are evaluating is important and you consider what the students think is important. Rubrics are a collaboration between student and teacher. A student needs to know what good or excellent "looks like " as compared to an average. With each rubric I also give reflection questions. I ask them to write about the work of another student and really question them selves as to why they respond to this work. They assign adjectives to the work -- they tell how they are "moved." I also ask with each work "what do you want me to consider in evaluating what you did?" Most often the answer is effort or experimenting. And that is why composition and technique do not hold higher regard from investigating and problem solving.


I offer the "5" column so if a student can justify that he/she went beyond presumed expectations, I will bump up in that category. I always expect that a student will go beyond in some way that I didn't anticipate.

I've been using rubrics long before they became the thing to do. I never knew any other way to evaluate art work. My numbers are qualified beyond good and excellent, etc. They need to know what good is. It's the only way rubrics work. I don't ever just check off boxes, I make lots of comments.

My grading has become much easier since I initiated daily objective logs. I make a weekly sheet for each student to complete. They enter their objectives for the day at the beginning of the period and reflect on progress at the end. I read these each day and make brief comments. This is also a way for the students to ask me questions when I don't get around to see each one during the period. Since this takes care of attendance, I just spend the time reviewing rather than taking roll. It allows me to give individual prompts. I have established it as routine, so it's not a big chore. The kids expect it and it keeps them on task.

I think kids understand and want honest evaluations. They too often underestimate what they have done, and, will admit when they slack. Work with them to make the dialogue and always understand that sometimes they deviate for a reason. ~ Patty Knott

Rubrics by Marianne Galyk

Rubric Submitted by Marianne Galyk


Examples of Rubrics

Grading rubrics precisely describe performance expectations. Rubrics offer explicit criteria to  help students meet learning objectives. Rubrics also make meaningful feedback and evaluation more efficient.

The sample rubrics below address discussion, eportfolios, group projects, blogs, wikis, and more!

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Social Media Project Rubrics

Wiki Rubric
Criteria for assessing individual and group Wiki contributions.

Blog Rubric
Assess individual blog entries, including comments on peers' blogs.

Twitter Rubric
Assess learning during social networking instructional assignments.

Discussion, Teamwork, and Group Work Rubrics

Online Discussion Board Rubric
Criteria for assessing ability to share perspectives, refine thoughts through the writing process, and participate in meaningful discussion

Primary Grade Self-Evaluation Teamwork Rubric (PDF)
Features of a sandwich to graphically show the criteria

Upper Elementary Teamwork Rubric
Karen Franker's rubric includes six defined criteria for assessing team and individual responsibility

Middle School/High School Collaboration Rubric
Six defined criteria for collaboration with strong performance descriptors

ePortfolio and Web Page Rubrics

e-Portfolio Rubric
Electronic portfolio rubric created by Joan Vandervelde includes 7 categories with 4 levels of achievement

Web Page Rubric
Joan Vandervelde's rubric details 9 categories for evaluating a web page

Web Project Rubric  (PDF format)
Evaluates a group web design project

CyberFair Peer Review Student Web Page Rubric
Online feedback form for CyberFair Project.

Concept Map and Graphic Organizer Rubric

Graphic Organizer and Mind Map Rubric
Concept map diagram rubric to assess a visual storyboard of a final project or to chart a flow of work and ideas by Karen Franker

Storyboard Rubric
Concept map and/or storyboard specification of instructional sequencing and messaging details.

Video and Multimedia Project Rubrics

Video Project Rubric
Joan Vandervelde lists criteria for video production and editing

Multimedia Project Rubric and Multimedia Mania Student Checklist
Rubric developed by Caroline McCullen, Jamie McKenzie, and Terrie Gray

Multimedia Project
Midlnk Magazine's rubric includes self and teacher evaluation column.

Virtual Simulations and Games Rubric

Assessing Student Learning in Virtual Simulations and Serious Games
A grading rubric created by Ann Bell with 6 performance criteria

Research Process Rubrics

Research Process Rubric - Elementary
Karen Franker's rubric to assess planning, gathering, organizing and citing information in grades 3-5

Research Process Rubric - Middle School
Karen Franker's rubric assesses performance with the research process

Rubric for the 6 Facets of Understanding
Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe Understanding by Design

Holistic Critical Thinking Rubric (pdf)
Critical thinking and skills used to problem solve

Rubric for Research Process
Joyce Valenza's rubric assesses 5 research performance areas for high school students

Research Process Reflection
Joyce Valenza's Question Brainstormer encourages students to ask focus questions and reflect on the research process

Information Summary Rubric
High school or college level

Academic Research Writing and APA Formatting Rubric
Kay Lehmann's rubric for high school or college level

Writing Rubrics

Samples of Student Writing, Scored With a 6+1 Trait Rubric
An extensive archive of assessment materials associated with the 6-Traits assessment approach.

NWREL's Six Traits of Writing Rubric
English and Spanish versions of the 6-Traits of Writing Rubric and other rubrics for listening, public speaking and reading

Process Writing Assessment (PWA) Rubrics and Anchor Papers
Oakland Unified School District and the Bay Area Writing Project rubrics and anchor papers for scoring grade level writing

Writing Projects
Includes rubrics for essay questions, logs, journal writing, and lab write-ups

Research Paper Rubric(Word doc)

Rubric for Scoring Effective Writing (Word doc)

Persuasive Essay Rubric (Word doc)
Mr. Nassivera's U.S. History and Government class rubric: Common Core for Reading and Writing Standards Based on Common Core Standards for Reading/Writing in History/Social Sciences

Historical Fiction Essay Rubric (pdf)
Blake Green's history class rubric.

Rubrics for Middle School
Includes invention report, book talk, persuasive essay and autobiographical event essay

Math and Science Rubrics

Math Rubrics
4 levels of math understanding with performance criteria

NCTM Math Standard Rubric (pdf)
Performance criteria for problem solving reasoning and proof communication connections representation

Science Rubric (pdf)
Performance criteria for use of scientific tools, science reasoning and strategies, science concepts and use of data and communication

Science Observation and Discussion Rubric (pdf)

Science WebQuest Rubric
Performance evaluating a web essay

Scientific Report Rubric
Easy to modify for any kind of high school research report

Physics Project Rubric
A good example of a performance rubric tuned a specific project. Easy to adapt to other subjects.

Physics Lab Project Rubric (pdf)
Evaluates a research project on the physics of Kinematics, Newton's Laws, Vectors and Projectiles.

Presentation Rubrics

Podcast Rubric
Ann Bell's rubric helps students assess what makes a good podcast. 

PowerPoint Rubric
10 performance categories

Oral Presentation Rubric (Word doc)

VoiceThread Participation Rubric (pdf)
Michelle Pacansky-Brock's general formative assessment is used when students view a mini video lecture/presentation. Contributions are rated on originality, comprehension, and clarity.

Oral Presentation Checklist
4Teachers.org provides an online tool to customize the checklist for your grade level

Oral Presentation
Midlink Magazine's assessment of 6 performance areas (middle school)

Effective Project Presentations
Buck Institute for Education (BIE) rubric for high school presentations

Poster Rubric

Speaking and Writing Rubrics bilingual education (English and Spanish)
Spanish Partial-Immersion Program Rubrics for Writing and Speaking in English and Spanish for Grades 1-5

Rubrics for Primary Grades

Kindergarten Writing Rubric

Kindergarten Rubrics
Assess literacy development

Kindergarten Rubrics
Evaluates communication, fine muscle development, emergent reading and writing, large muscle development, math development, creative arts, personal development and work habits, play and social skills.

Primary Grade Self-Evaluation Teamwork Rubric (PDF)
Features a sandwich to graphically show when all criteria are met

Third Grade Venn Diagram Rubric

Tools for Creating Your Rubrics

Choose a topic and create a new rubric based on a template. Save and edit your rubric online.

Rubric Template
Insert the task and criteria into this template.

Rubric Template (Word doc)
Word document template to download and modify to meet authentic assessment needs (University of West Florida).

Quick Rubric

iRubric develop rubrics and access them from anywhere

Annenberg Learner Build a Rubric

Essay Tagger Common Core Rubric Creation Tool

Single-Point Rubric (Word doc)

Rubric Generator
Build your own grading rubrics online by filling out a form. You can include a graphic and print the rubric.

Readings about Authentic Assessment
Helpful background information about rubric design and implementation in the classroom.

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