Rubric For Fourth Grade Essay

I have noticed while reading summaries and informative essays written by the students, that many students have a hard time separating opinion from the written information in the text. We have written many opinion papers and persuasive papers where the students have been asked to use their opinion and support their opinion with facts. However, when the students are asked to write a summary of the text or an informational piece, they often include their own opinion statements where only information gathered from the text should be present.

In the previous lesson, we learned about the differences between fact and opinion and practiced identifying both fact and opinion in text.  In this lesson, we will read a text that is likely to invoke an opinion from the students.  We will then write an informative essay while trying to keep our opinions separate from the information we are reporting.

 To begin this lesson, we will review fact vs. opinion with the following song:

 

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By request, I have created Common Core Writing Rubrics based specifically on the language used in the Common Core Standards to assess the students in their writing. I have included a rubric for each grade level (Grades 1-4) in each of the 3 types of Common Core Writing: Opinion, Informative/Explanatory, and Narrative Writing. You can use this as a self-assessment for the students or as a teacher assessment guide. This is the perfect companion to my Common Core Writing Bundles #1 and #2. They can be found at the links below:

Common Core Writing Bundle #1: August - December

Common Core Writing Bundle #2: January - July

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, I will not be taking any custom requests to edit or change this file for specific needs.

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