We recommend that you try to edit existing rubrics to fit your needs, if possible. Each rubric/checklist item has several components and most people find it easier to start with something that has already been completed. If you want to go ahead and create your own, you can do that using these steps:
1. From your “My Assignments” page, find the assignment you’re working on and click “Edit.”
2. Scroll down to where the rubrics are in your assignment. If there are any existing rubrics, you will need to remove them by first clicking the “x” next to an item…
then clicking “Yes.
3. Next, click “Add Checklist.”
4. Click the blue “Create Checklist” button.
5. First, fill out both the writer and the reviewer-facing language. They don't need to match exactly, however they should both convey the same idea so that the writer and the reviewer are both evaluating the writing using the same standards.
6. Next, click in the space labeled “Add proficiency label” and add the description for the highest score a student can achieve on that particular item.
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.
7. 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.
8. Decide how many points you want each of the scores to be worth. 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.
9. 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. Add each new stem in a different text box.
10. Click “Advanced” to add the final details to your item.
11. Select the genre the rubric item was written for in the dropdown menu at the top.
12. Next, select the grade level it’s most appropriate for.
13. Finally, choose the skill it’s intended to measure. In our example, the item 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.
14. Click “Create.”
15. Your new rubric item will be listed at the top of your Checklist Bank. To add it to your assignment, click “Add to Assignment.” You can close the checklist bank by clicking the “x” in the upper right corner.
16. 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.