Measuring Growth in Writing Using Rubrics (Gr K-3)

(6 Hours) Participants in this course will learn what typical writing looks like for kindergarten through third grade students, as well as some common writing tasks they can be expected to accomplish.  This course will also cover the purpose of both holistic and analytic rubrics, and when each type is appropriate to use for assessment of student writing.  Participants will also learn how to develop their own rubrics to use to monitor the progress of their students’ writing skills.


  • Price: $15.00
  • Credit Type: Professional Development
  • Credits: 6 PD Hours
  • 9 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course

Learn What Typical Writing Should Look Like for Each Grade Level, From Kindergarten Through Third Grade

Learn The Purpose of, How to Use, and How to Build Various Types of Rubrics to Assess Student Writing

Learn How to Create Your Own Rubrics To Assess Your Students’ Growth in Writing & Other Cross- Curricular Subjects

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What You Will Learn In This Course:

Participants in this course will learn how to use various types of rubrics to help assess their students’ writing ability.
The course will focus on:

  • What typical writing looks like for each grade level, kindergarten through third grade
  • The purpose of, and how to use holistic and analytic rubrics to assess writing
  • How to create both holistic and analytic rubrics for your students

Course Guiding Question:

How can educators assess the progress of their primary students’ writing skills using rubrics?

Professional Development Credits:

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 6 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs, CEUs).

Model Teaching Professional Development Courses are pre-approved in many states and we provide easy approval forms to submit to your license granting authority if required.

If you are a teacher seeking license renewal and wish to verify acceptance of our Professional Development Courses, please view our PD STATE REQUIREMENTS PAGE to learn more about your state’s requirements.

Also, consider taking our UNIVERSITY-PARTNERED, ACADEMIC CREDIT COURSES to earn regionally-accredited units or credits, accepted by most states for teacher re-licensing and salary advancement.

Wendy Lipe, Instructor

B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies
Southwest Texas State University

Experience & Credentials:
Over 8 Years of Teaching Experience
Current Elementary-Level Teacher
ESL State Certified (Texas), TAG Certified
Experience with Students with Learning Disabilities
(ADD, ADHD, & Dyslexia)

Great course and resources!

I found this course really helpful. I learned a ton of new information and strategies on how to build rubrics to track my students’ mastery in writing. I have always struggled with consistently grading my writing students, with the rubric strategies here, I can now do this much more quickly and consistently. Highly recommend!

-3rd Grade Teacher

Course Sections:

Section 1 – Writing in the Primary Grades

  • What typical writing looks like for each grade level, kindergarten through third grade
  • The purpose of, and how to use, holistic and analytic rubrics to assess writing
  • How to create both holistic and analytic rubrics

Section 2 – Understanding Rubrics

  • The differences between holistic and analytic rubrics and the benefits of each type

Section 3 – How to create both holistic and analytic rubrics

  • Analytic rubrics based on the six traits of writing
  • Customized analytic rubrics
  • Holistic rubrics

Section 4 – Assessing Student Growth With Rubrics

  • How to use rubrics to monitor student growth in writing skills
  • How to use rubrics to collect data to be used in setting student goals
  • How to use rubrics to guide your writing instruction

Section 5 – Rubrics for Cross-Curricular Connections

  • The value of using rubrics to assess writing in other subject areas (Science, Math,
  • Social Studies, & Reading)

Section 6 – Putting It All Together
Section 7 – Applying What You Have Learned

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course

The course comes with 9 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!  These include:

  • Analytic Rubric Template
  • Checklist Samples
  • Customized Analytic Rubric Samples
  • Holistic and Analytic Rubric Template
  • Holistic Rubric Template
  • Holistic Rubrics
  • Six Traits Analytic Rubric Samples
  • Writing Lesson Plan Template
  • Effectiveness Checklist

High-Quality Virtual Presentations

Our high-quality lessons are presented by your instructor in a virtual learning environment that is designed to mirror live, on-campus workshops. Choose to watch or read all lessons at any time and take advantage of our high-quality resources provided for immediate implementation of your new skills.

Access Your Courses Anytime, Anywhere

Courses are accessible to you at any time and are accessible on any computer, tablet, or smart phone. After registration, you will have access to all course lessons, templates, & assignments for one year. Take your courses at your own pace.  Pause any time and continue where you left off.  You will receive instructor feedback at each step of the course as you progress through the curriculum at your own convenience.


Live Feedback & Communication

Our courses are designed to simulate live instruction. Throughout the course, you will receive feedback from your instructor within 24- 48 hours of your submissions as you proceed through lessons and activities. If you have a question, reach out to your instructor through our built-in messaging system or directly by email or phone.