Information Essay Rubric 4th Grade

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:

 

The Common Core State Standards have made it even more important for educators to assist students in making the connections between writing and reading through thoughtful and well-planned instruction, assignments and feedback.

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) created Common Core State Standards-aligned writing rubrics as a resource to assist teachers with this work. These rubrics are intended to help in instructional planning and to provide guidance in assisting students with the writing process.

Permission to Use EGUSD Rubrics

EGUSD’s CCSS writing rubrics have been requested by school districts and teachers across the nation and the world. Elk Grove Unified has provided our CCSS Rubrics below in Acrobat .pdf format with our district’s watermark and in Microsoft Word .doc format without. Both are licensed under Creative Commons.



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Downloadable Rubrics

K-6 Opinion/Argument Rubrics (CCSS Writing standard #1)

Kindergarten
.pdf | .doc

1st Grade
.pdf | .doc

2nd Grade
.pdf | .doc

3rd Grade
.pdf | .doc

4th Grade
.pdf | .doc

5th Grade
.pdf | .doc

6th Grade
.pdf | .doc

 

K-6 Informational/Explanatory Rubics (CCSS Writing standard #2)

Kindergarten
.pdf | .doc

1st Grade
.pdf | .doc

2nd Grade
.pdf | .doc

3rd Grade
.pdf | .doc

4th Grade
.pdf | .doc

5th Grade
.pdf | .doc

6th Grade
.pdf | .doc

 

K-6 Narrative Rubrics (CCSS Writing standard #3)

Kindergarten
.pdf | .doc

1st Grade
.pdf | .doc

2nd Grade
.pdf | .doc

3rd Grade
.pdf | .doc

4th Grade
.pdf | .doc

5th Grade
.pdf | .doc

6th Grade
.pdf | .doc

 

7-12 Argument Rubrics (CCSS Writing standard #1)

7th-8th Grade
.pdf | .doc

9th-10th Grade
.pdf | .doc

11th-12th Grade
.pdf | .doc

 

7-12 Informational/Explanatory Rubrics (CCSS Writing standard #2)

7th-8th Grade
.pdf | .doc

9th-10th Grade
.pdf | .doc

11th-12th Grade
.pdf | .doc

 

7-12 Narrative Rubrics (CCSS Writing standard #3)

7th-8th Grade
.pdf | .doc

9th-10th Grade
.pdf | .doc

11th-12th Grade
.pdf | .doc

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