Grades 3 - 4
Grades 5 - 6
Grades 7 - 8
Grades 9 - 10
Grades 11 - 12
Rubrics are provided for the Six Characteristics of Writing, Constructed Response, Text Evidence, and Content.
Viewing these rubrics can help you understand what is expected in essays and how to improve scores.
Six Characteristics of Writing
Rubrics for Teacher Scoring
One of the most important steps in the writing process is pre-writing. Graphic organizers are designed to help students plan their essays before they begin writing. All of these graphic organizers are printable.
- Argument and Text Evidence
- Argumentative Writing Map
- Asking the 5 W's
- Brainstorming to Choose a Claim
- Burger Chart
- Cause and Effect
- Characterization Chart
- Claim Counter-Claim
- Compare and Contrast
- Detail Wheel
- Essay Frame
- Essay Outline
- Events Web
- Five Elements Short Story Organizer
- Flower Pot Map
- General Essay
- Narrative Train
- Opinion, Support, Evidence
- Paw Print Web
- Personal Narrative Ladder
- Personal Narrative Map
- Planning for Literary Analysis
- Plot Diagram
- Research Record
- Step by Step Organizer
- Story Outline
- Story Planner
- Story Pyramid
- Story Starter
- TAP Count Planning Guide
- Textual Evidence
- The 5 Senses Chart
- Venn Diagram
Here are additional tools and resources to assist with your Utah Compose work, including information regarding citations and plagiarism checkers.
- Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL): APA Formatting and Style Guide
- Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL): MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide
Text to Speech
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The 2 Stars and a Wish Guide provides an explanation of how students can use the "2 Stars and a Wish" method to evaluate a peer's essay. It provides guiding questions to be considered by the reviewer.
The 2 Stars and a Wish Sentence Starters provide ideas to help students start completing a peer review.
Using the Program and Its Features
Use these information sheets to learn more about Utah Compose and some of the best ways it can be utilized in the classroom.
Using the Program
- Best Practices for Using Utah Compose
- How Are Essays Scored?
- How Is Style Scored?
- Length Bias
- The Change to Decimal Scoring
- The Alignment of Utah Compose to the Utah Core Standards for Writing
- What Makes Utah Compose a Formative Assessment Tool?
- Why Arent My Students Scoring 5s in Utah Compose?
- Why Doesn't PEG Catch All Student Errors?
- Why You Shouldn't Use Utah Compose Scores as Grades
- Writing in the Mathematics Classroom
- White Paper: PEG Changes