TALONS students are generating their own criteria for blogging this year to be used in regular assessments of their writing.

Other blogging rubrics:

Instructions: Paste or retype your blogging criteria in the table below.

Exceeds Expectations
Meets Expectations
Barely Meets Expectations
Does Not Meet Expectations
Style: Variety, Impact, and Word Choice/Use
(By Victor)
There are always different variations in the sentence structure. All of the sentences have influential meaning towards the reader. The writer/blogger uses different (yet clear) words.
There are many variations in the sentence structure. There are many sentences that influence the reader. The word use varies most of the time.
There is rarely any variation in the sentence structure. There are a few sentences that impact the reader. The word use varies occasionally.
There is no variation in the sentence structure. The sentence doesn't reflect much impact. The word use is frequently repetitive.
Creativity (By Albert)
The student strays away from generic answers and content, and instead, creates something new using his/her specific talents to their advantage. The end result is produced by an “outside the box” thought process, is totally unique, stands out, and is different from all the others.
Most of the student’s work is original, with the exception of a couple details. There are many elements that come from the student’s own mind, and it is clearly shown from their work. However, there are still a few aspects that seem derivative.
There seems to be somewhat of an even quantity of both ideas created by the student, and already generated ideas in their work. Anybody looking at the student’s work can recognize his/her distinctive style, but can be also easily mistaken for another.
Little or no creativity is found in the student’s work, as it is flat, and there are barely any traces of the student’s own touch. Reading his/her work feels like reading a page out of the textbook. It is likely the student has plagiarized from an article on Wikipedia, or got sneaky with an encyclopedia entry.
Creativity
(By Lexi)
All ideas are completely original and presented in a very creative way. This piece completely stands out from the crowd because it is so different!
Most ideas are original, and ideas are presented in a fairly creative way. This piece kind of stands out due to its bit of originality.
Some original ideas, although ideas could be presented in a more creative way. This piece is average and blends in with all the other pieces of writing out there.
Every word in this piece is plagiarized. Reading this story/essay was as boring as watching cows chew cud. This piece stands out only because it should be named as the dullest writing of the year.
Content (By Conrad)
The student engages the reader to continually visit and read his/her blog posts by creating unique and catchy material. The material chosen stands out from every other blog.
The student displays good material and is able to obtain followers on his blog. The content is somewhat compelling.
The student has provided acceptable material but not quite sufficient. The content is often repetitive and does not attract much attention.
The student shows little or no work in the content of his/her blog posts. The material is very vague and not interesting and attracts little or no readers.
Organization (By Stephanie)
Materials are exceptionally well organized and sentences are connected with a smooth flow. Consistency is also present in cohesive structures.
Materials are well organized; links could occasionally be clearer but communication not impaired. There is still a flow, but there is some lack of consistency in choice of cohesive structures. Overall, there is ease of communication.
Occasional lack of organization; re-reading required for clarification of ideas. Sentence structure is "patchy". Little sense of ease of communication.
Lacking organization, unable to link ideas together. Clarification is needed. Communication often impaired by completely inappropriate or misused cohesive structures.
Creativity/Care/Effort/Whatever-you-want-to-call-it-so-long-as-it's-something-like-that (By Emily)
Blog post shows a good deal of insight into blogger’s thoughts, feelings, life or other. They seem to have put good time and thought into their post.
Blog post shows insight into blogger’s thoughts, feelings, life or other. They appear to have put some time and thought into their post.
Post shows a bit of insight into blogger’s thoughts, feelings, life or other. They seem to have put a bit of either time or thought into their post.
Post isn’t about the blogger’s thoughts, feelings, life or other. They don’t seem to have put very much or any time or thought into their post.
Care (By Macguire)
- Student displays excellent grammar, spelling and punctuation

- Student puts alot of effort into their work and cares about the subject and grade
- Student shows good grammar, spelling and punctuation

- Student puts good effort and shows desire to learn and have good grades
- Student has many grammar problems, punctuation errors and frequent spelling mistakes

- Student doesn't show much interest in topic or grade
- Student is a dog, who

SQUIRREL!

speaks and writes illegibly and

THERE IT IS AGAIN

goes onto different ideas

- Doesn't CARE at all

- Shows absolutely no interest in learning, is not interested in the topic and doesn't care about grades
Creativity (By Megan)
-Always uses creative language and phrasing in writing.
-All ideas are original and unique
-Always uses innovative ways to present ideas
-Often uses creative language and phrasing
-Mostly original thought and ideas
-Usually uses interesting ways to present ideas
-Sometimes uses creative language and phrasing
-Some original thought and ideas
-Occasionally uses unique ways to present ideas
-Very repetitive language and way of phrasing writing
-Absolutely no orignial thought, entirely plagerized
-Never uses innovative ways of presenting thoughts, very 'inside the box' thinking





Media (if necessary)
(Clayton Dowdell
Related media is provided (pictures, videos, etc...)
and adds to writing and meaning
Semi-related media is provided
and adds to writing and meaning in most cases
Some semi-related media is provided
and rarely adds to writing and meaning
Media is very distracting, and takes away from writing.

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3
2
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Formatting

(By Richard Zhang)
-All Paragraphs, titles, and etc. are Formatted correctly

-The Layout of the Page(s) are easy to follow and are sleek in appearance
-Most Paragraph, titles, and etc. are Formatted correctly, doesn’t change the meaning of anything

-The Layout of the Page(s) are easy to follow and may be at times fluid
-Some Paragraphs and etc. are Formatted correctly, may change meaning of certain things

-The Layout may be hard at times to follow
-I Could’ve Formatted Paragraphs better with my feet

-Are you using this layout for a mental asylum?

-Layout and Formatting is a Mess
Pictures & Media (Jenna)
- There are a variety of pictures relevant to the post

-There are many links to different related sites to help further the readers’ knowledge

-There are many different forms of media included (eg. pictures, videos)
- There are some different pictures relevant to the post

- There are some links to different related sites to help further the readers’ knowledge

-There are a few different forms of media included
-There are a one or two different pictures relevant to the post

-There are a few links to different related sites to help further the readers knowledge

-There aren’t a lot a variety of different forms of media included
-There are no relevant pictures to to post

-There are no links to different sites to help further the reader’s knowledge

-There is no variety in the media used

-Cmon’, at least try a little here....
Content(Liam)
-Content displays obvious hard work, with lots of thought put into it.

-Content displays original thought and ideas

-Ideas and points are well communicated and explained
-Content displays some work and thought, but the write could have put some more effort into it

-Content is somewhat original, but lacks a spark of creativity

-Ideas are explained and communicated adequately, but some points are not explained well
-Content displays little focus and energy

-Little originality is displayed in the content, and the writer is likely just rearranging something someone else wrote

-Ideas are explained and communicated poorly, and it is hard to understand what is being said
-Content displays no work. Likely late or non-existent

-Content is almost outright plagiarism

-Ideas are explained no more than merely stating them, with no explanation offered. Possibly written while high.
Grammar:

(Leanne)
-Student uses words correctly and uses all proper conventions.

-All punctuation and spelling is correct.

-Proper sentence and paragraph structure is used.
-Student uses most words correctly and uses some proper conventions.

-Punctuation and spelling is mostly correct.

-Sentence and paragraph structure is acceptable.
-Student uses some words correctly and uses few proper conventions.

-Punctuation and spelling is minimal.

- Sentence and paragraph structure is nonexistent.
-Words are used incorrectly

- Punctuation and spelling is catastrophic

- Honestly. Didn’t you attend grade two? ....





Content
(Kelly Bryant)
· All ideas are thoroughly backed up and accurate.

· All points are thoughtful and insightful.

· All content is appropriate and non-offensive.
· Most ideas are thoroughly backed up and accurate.

· Most points are thoughtful and insightful.

· Most content is appropriate and non-offensive.
· Some ideas are thoroughly backed up and accurate.

· Some points are thoughtful and insightful.

· Some content is appropriate and non-offensive.
· There are few or no points to back up information, and information is inaccurate.

· Content lacks thought and insight.

· Content is inappropriate and offensive.






Voice (Sepehr Rashidi)
Considerable amound of power, spirit, and charisma, proves the point using interesting and original methods
-Good amount of power, ample spirit and charisma, does a good job of getting the point across
-Some power,
-Some spirit and charisma, -gets the point across,
-No voice,
-total lack of spirit and charisma,
-not persuasive
Conventions (Rebecca)
Proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation is used at all times

Writing is clear and easy to understand

Sentences and paragraphs are of appropriate and varying length

Vocabulary is complex and appropriate to the topic and content
Proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation is used most of the time

Writing is generally clear and easy to understand

Most sentences and paragraphs are of appropriate and varying length

Vocabulary is mostly complex and appropriate to the topic and content
Proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation is used occasionally

Writing is sometimes clear, but not always understandable

Some of the sentences and paragraphs are of appropriate and varying length

Vocabulary is occasionally complex and sometimes appropriate to the topic and content
Little attention is paid to spelling, grammar, or punctuation

Writing is difficult to understand; very little clarity

Sentences and paragraphs are too short or too long (run-on sentences), and all of the same length and style (no variety)

Vocabulary is simple and often irrelevant or inappropriate for the topic and content
Grammar
(veronica WOOO)
- Punctuation, spelling, conjunctions, and conventions are all correct

- Word choice is appropriate for grade level and intrigues the reader. Use of words enhances and helps the flow of the writing

- Proper sentence and paragraph structure is used at all times and enhances flow of writing
- Punctuation, spelling, conjunctions, and conventions are mostly correct

- Word choice is well thought out most of the time

- Proper sentence and paragraph structure are mostly used.
- Punctuation, spelling, conjunctions, and conventions are sometimes correct

- Word choice is simple and not thought out well

- Proper sentence and paragraph structure is sometimes used.
- Punctuation, spelling, conjunctions, and conventions are poorly done

- Word choice is clearly not thought out well and doesn't flow at all with the writing

- Proper sentence and paragraph structure was thrown right out of the bag and it's just a mess of run-on sentences, fragments, etc.
Content (by Kelsey)
Always complete blog posts that are interesting and easy to understand.
Content captures readers and readers can relate to what they read.
Most of the time blog posts are complete.
Usually they are interesting and mostly you can understand them.
Hardly ever complete blog posts. That are occasionally interesting and mostly hard to understand.
Incomplete blog posts that are such a tangled mess of words that no one can understand them.
sPENd aLmOSt aLL ThEIR TiMe TyPINg LiKE tHIS.
Creativity (By LNE)
The student goes off the beaten trail and goes above and beyond the task. They create something using their own specific talents and ends up with something very original and ‘never before seen’ and stands out from everything else.
The student displays quite a bit of creativity and has definitely created something interesting. You may get a slight déjà vu feeling when reading it though, because the topic may have been done before, or is a slight take off on another project.
The student has created a piece that is nice, but doesn’t stand out from all the other content on the interwebs. It displays some originality but lacks creativity or ingenuity.
The student has not created anything; they have merely hit ‘Ctrl’ + ‘C’ and ‘Ctrl’ + ‘V’. This is complete plagiarism and it would be more interesting to watch paint dry.





Structure (By Sherwood)
- Has exceedingly spectacular paragraph formation
- Formatted perfectly
- Has good sense of flow
- Good paragraph formation
- Well done formatting
- Blog flow is almost perfect
- Paragraph formation is slightly out of wack, may have absence of conclusion in some parts
- Formatting is not very well done, wrong tenses or other discrepencies
- Blog does not flow very well
- Paragraph formation is completely in jumbles bits, hard to make sense of.
- Horrible formatting, wrong words and all in a large paragraph with no spaces.
- No flow to it, hurts your brain to read it.
Media and other add-ons

(by Iris)
Always adds additional media such as pictures, videos, and links

Includes quotes, other interesting add-ons, and sources
Often adds additional media such as pictures and videos and links

Includes quotes and sources
Sometimes adds additional media such as pictures

Includes sources
Rarely/never adds any additional media or other add-ons
Content

(by Meghan)
Content is easy to follow, has lots of detail, and is completely relevant to the topic.
Content is mostly easy to follow, has quite a bit of detail, and is relevant most of the time to the topic.
Content is sometimes easy to follow, has some detail, and is sometimes relevant to the topic.
Content not easy to follow, therefore isn’t related to the topic and the detail is either non-existent or wrong.
Grammar

(by Toren)
Always uses correct punctuation and word use.
Mostly uses correct punctuation. Some words may be incorrect.
Sometimes uses correct punctuation. Words are often incorrect.
Rarely uses correct grammar.
Grammar (By Alvin)`
All punctuation and spelling is correct. Sentence structure is perfect too.
Most punctuation and spelling is correct. A few errors in sentence structure.
Quite a few punctuation and spelling errors. Hard to understand sometimes. Quite a few errors in sentence structure, making it complicated to read at times.
Dos knot knoe howe tooo speell and uses. Incorrect, punctuation!?! Bad sentence structure anddoesnotknowhowtomakesentences
orproper
paragraphs
andwrites
likethis allthetime.
Creativity by Mahalia
Outstanding effort. Ideas are clearly shown and are imaginative.This person went beyond expectations with unique ideas and showing them in a truly interesting way.
Good effort.Displays ideas well and has mostly original ideas. This person could have done more to present their work better and could have gotten a 4 with more effort and thought put into it.
Okay effort. Some ideas are their own and doesn't clearly show ideas. Sometimes it is hard to see what they're trying to show and most of their ideas are something you are sure you have heard before.
No originality and almost no effort made. Ideas are shown very poorly and it's hard to tell what they're trying to portray. This person either didn't try at all or is just not creative unfortunately.
Effort (By Raiya)
-Work was extremely detailed, thorough, and well presented.

-Work was original and personal.
-A lot of effort was evident
-Work is detailed, thorough and well presented

-Work was original
- Effort was evident
-Work is somewhat detailed and thorough. Presentation minimally met expectations

-Work wasn’t original
- Effort was lacking
-Work was simple, not detailed or thorough

-Work was unoriginal
-Effort was not evident
gramar (by Jen S)
All punctuation marks are used correctly.

All sentences make sense and flow well.

All words/phrases have capitals where needed.
Most punctuation marks are used correctly.

Most sentences make sense and flow well.

Most words/phrases have capitals where needed.
Some punctuation marks are used correctly

Some sentences make sense and flow well.

Some words/phrases have capitals where needed.
Few punctuation marks are used correctly.

Few sentences make sense and flow well.

Few words/phrases have capitals where needed.
Presentation (Nicholas K)

*multimedia portion only applies if relevant
Is organized, easy to follow

Effective use of multimedia

“flows” and paragraphs lead into one another
Organized

Multimedia is used but may not be enough or too much.
Paragraphs have clear order
Somewhat organized

Little or no multimedia

Order of paragraphs may be confusing
No or inappropriate multimedia used

Confusing to read