Each row of the Rubric Builder spreadsheet will be one of your checklist/rubric items. The columns are different elements of that one item that you will need to include. You can use our steps below to make edits or copy rows to add new rubric items (each row is a single item). (Don't know how to launch the rubric builder? Please read How do I import my own rubrics?)
Column Descriptions in the Rubric Builder
In order to successfully import your rubric, you’ll need to fill out the spreadsheet as outlined here. Please don’t skip mandatory fields and choose from the available options or your attempt to import could fail.
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1. Column A (Step 1): Please choose the genre of writing for your rubric. Click the pull-down arrow of the A3 cell to see a drop-down menu of available options: Argumentative, Persuasive, Narrative, Informational, or Opinion.
2. Column B (first part of Step 2): Enter the actual checklist wording for the writer into Column B. This is the checklist a student writer will see and apply to their own writing.
- Tip: Try to make your checklist items as clear and concise as your students need them to be.
- Tip: If you’re adapting from a teacher-facing rubric, consider using more simple vocabulary and breaking up complex items into a couple of more simple checklist items.
- Example: If the teacher rubric is “The claim is clear, concise, and debatable. Student addresses all aspects of the prompt" the student rubric becomes “My claim is clear, concise, and debatable.” The second part, “I address all aspects of the prompt” becomes a second checklist item.
3. Column C (second part of Step 2): Enter the actual checklist wording for the reviewer into Column C. This is the checklist a student reviewer will see and apply to a peer’s writing. So where the writer would see “My claim is clear, concise, and debatable”, the reviewer would see “The claim is clear, concise, and debatable.”
4. Column D (Step 3): Choose your checklist scale. Click the triangle icon in the lower, right-hand corner of the D3 cell to see a drop-down menu of available options: Yes/No Rubric, 3-Star Rubric, and 4-Star Rubric.
5. Column E (Step 4): Choose the scores for your checklist scale. The numeric values listed next to each are the scores associated with that particular scale. You can change these values by editing them directly in the spreadsheet cell.
6. Columns F through N (Step 5): Enter a description for each score on the scale you selected.
- Tip: You do not need to fill out every cell for this step, only fill out the columns designated for the scale you chose in Steps 3 & 4.
7. Columns O through Q (Step 6): Select a comment stem from our bank of stems by clicking the triangle icon in the lower, left-hand corner of cells O3, P3, and Q3.
- Tip: Comment stems are “sentence starters” that will help your students provide actionable and specific feedback. Whenever a student reviewer gives a peer a score of less than 100, they will be prompted to provide feedback using a comment stem.
- Only the first comment stem is mandatory but the more comment stems you provide, the more options your students will have.
8. Column R (Step 7): Pick the curriculum or rubric type your rubric most closely aligns to. This is not something students will be able to see, but it will help you sort your rubrics in the app as you add more.
- Tip: If you click on the triangle icon in the lower, left-hand corner, you’ll see your options are: Six Traits, Writers Workshop, AP History, AP English, SBAC Practice, Elements of Writing, Writing Process, Assessment, or Other.
9. Column S (Step 8): Click the triangle in the lower, left-hand corner to choose the category your checklist item will fall under. Categories are used on the teacher dashboard to show you, at a glance, what type of checklist items your students are struggling with and which items in particular.
- Tip: The categories in the drop-down menu correspond to specific curriculum/rubric types (from Column R). We recommend you limit your categories to the ones in each curriculum:
Six Traits (Elementary & Middle) - Conventions, Ideas, Organization, Sentence Fluency, Voice, Word Choice
Writers Workshop (Elementary & Middle) - Structure, Development, Content, Language
Assessment (Elementary & Middle) - Ideas & Evidence, Organization, Language
Elements of Writing (High) - Conventions, Ideas, Organization, Sentence Fluency, Voice, Word Choice
Writing Process (High) - Structure, Development, Content, Language
AP History (High) - Analysis & Reasoning, Contextualization, Evidence, Style, Thesis
AP English (High) - Structure, Development, Language
10. Column T (Step 9): Click the triangle in the lower, left-hand corner of the cell to choose a writing skill that your checklist item reinforces. This step is optional.
11. Column U (Step 10): Click the triangle in the lower, left-hand corner of the cell to choose the grade band your checklist item is appropriate for.
Once you complete this whole process, the rubric or checklist you import will be saved for you to use in future assignments.