NOTE: To save time and effort, we recommend editing an existing rubric to fit your needs before creating your own from scratch.

If you decide you would like to create your own rubric, you can use these steps:

1. Find the assignment you'd like to work on in your 'My Assignments' tab and click on the assignment.

2. Next, click on 'Edit'.

3. Once you're in the assignment editor, scroll down to find the 'Writing & Review' section of the assignment. Remove any existing rubric items by clicking the X next to the checklist item and confirming deletion.

4. Next, click 'Add Checklist'.

5. Click the 'Create Checklist' button on the left side of the window.

6. Create your Checklist item using these steps:

  • First, fill out the Writer and Reviewer-facing language that students will see. While these do not have to match exactly, be sure they convey the same idea so both writer and review are evaluating using the same standards.
  • Next, add a description for the highest score a student can achieve in the "Add new proficiency label" text box.
    For example: If you want your rubric/checklist item to be out of 4 stars, what does a student need to do to get 4 stars? In our example, 4 stars reads:
    "Yes: The writer effectively grabs the reader's attention with an unusual comment, fact, quote, or personal anecdote."
  • Continue adding proficiency labels for all scoring options. Again, in our example, that means we have separate labels for 4 stars, 3 stars, 2 stars, and 1 star.
  • Decide how many points you want each of the scores to be worth.
    For example: If you’re working with percentages, we recommend 50, 70, 85, and 100. If you’re working on a 4-point scale, we recommend 25, 50, 75, and 100.
  • Next, click the “Add new stem...” text box to begin adding comment stems. Comment stems help reviewers craft actionable feedback for writers, so we recommend you include at least 3, adding each new stem in a different text box.
  • Lastly, select the Genre, Grades, and Skills this checklist item is intended to measure.
    For example: The item below is about writing a hook. In this case, you’d type “hook” into the text box and select the skill that most applies.
    Note: It’s important not to leave this blank if you want to be able to see your students’ progress by skill. These tags are used to show you how students scored on an assignment by skill.

7. Click 'Create' to save your rubric item. Your new rubric item will be listed at the top of your Checklist Bank.

8. To add your newly created item to your assignment, click 'Add to Assignment'. You can close the checklist bank by clicking the X in the upper right corner.

Your new item will now show up in your assignment. Any items you add will also be saved in your Checklist Bank for future use.

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