by Set Course with Mrs Rutters
6th – 9th Grade
Critical Thinking Rubric for Writing & Projects – Suitable for All Subject Areas
This product contains:
1. Full page Critical Thinking Rubric (original and embellished versions)
2. Lined generic response page with rubric
3. Open prompt page with rubric
4. “Critical Thinking: What Does Success Look Like?” display chart (original & embellished versions)
6 Usable Pages (+1 page – Suggestions for Use)
This rubric provides a clear explanation to students about how to create responses to show their critical thinking. The rubric is formatted generally so you can use it with a variety of prompts and projects. Students should be thinking critically in all subjects, but providing clear guidelines and assessing those standards can be incredibly difficult. This rubric is designed to provide a consistent set of expectations that can be referred to with any subject or with any project.
This rubric can be used in any subject area (Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, STEM, Humanities, Art, Music, Foreign Languages, Physical Education, etc.) for any activity where students are expected to create something to show their critical thinking and understanding (reports, essays, multimedia presentations, slideshows, videos, skits, speeches, brochures, advertisements, games, picture books, magazine articles, posters, etc.).
There is great flexibility in how you use the rubric to generate grades. It can be a useful formative assignment tool to provide feedback to students about how to improve their responses. It can be used with summative assessments to evaluate student understanding.
The categories for the rubric are:
* Does not meet minimum requirements (students are then required to redo the assignment with scaffolding or re-teaching as needed)
* Exceeds Expectations
Common Core Anchor Standards in Writing:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.1 – Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.2 – Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
You may also be interested in these writing pages that provide an appropriate format for expository and argumentative writing:
Writing Pages (create your own magazine, newspaper, webpage) – Good for any writing task
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