The Twelve Core Values of the Inupiaq People - How do they fit in your Life?: A Writing Lesson

Assessment & Standards

Most teachers have a rubric they like to use for writing assignments. A good rubric identifies what the student did well or needs improvement on and can be used to score the finished work. I always include the rubric with the student's grade. 

My rubrics usually contain two parts: one for topic development and one for mechanics. However, you may decide to focus on a particular area such as personal voice or logical organization for this paper. As a teacher, you know that rubrics change with each assignment and you often end up developing new rubrics for new assignments.

Below are two examples of rubrics. To download and print the Rubric for Writing - Elementary/Intermediate, click here. To download and print the Grade 5 Narrative Writing Rubric, click here. You can find many examples online.

Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks

Massachusetts English Language Arts Curriculum Frameworks

Language Strand

  • Standard 1: Discussion - Students will use agreed-upon rules for informal and formal discussions in small and large groups.
  • Standard 2: Questioning, Listening. and Contributing - Students will pose questions, listen to the ideas of others, and contribute their own information or ideas in group discussions or interviews in order to acquire new knowledge.
  • Standard 4: Vocabulary and Concept Development - Students will understand and acquire new vocabulary and use it correctly in reading and writing.

Reading and Literature Strand

  • Standard 8:  Understanding a text - Students will identify the basic facts and main ideas in a text and use them for basic interpretation.
  • Standard 9: Making Connections - Students will deepen their understanding of a literary or non-literary work by relating it to its contemporary context or historical background.
  • Standard 16: Myth, Traditional Narrative, and Classical Literature - Students will identify, analyze, and apply knowledge or the themes, structure, and elements of drama and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding.

Composition Strand

  • Standard 19: Writing - Students will write with a clear focus, coherent organization, and sufficient detail.
  • Standard 20: Consideration of Audience and Purpose - Students will write for different audiences and purposes.
  • Standard 21: Revising - Students will demonstrate improvement in organization, content, paragraph development, level of detail, style, tone, and word choice (diction) in their compositions after revising them.
  • Standard 22: Standard English Conventions - Students will use knowledge of standard English conventions in their writing, revising, and editing.
  • Standard 23: Organizing Ideas in Writing - Students will organize ideas in writing in a way that makes sense for their purpose.
  • Standard 25: Evaluating Writing and Presentations - Students will develop and use appropriate rhetorical, logical, and stylistic criteria for assessing final versions of their compositions or research projects before presenting them to varied audiences.

Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework

History and Geography

Regions of the United States grades 4 -5

  • Standard 4.9 - On a map of the United States, locate the current boundaries of the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii)
  • Standard 4.11 - Describe the climate, major physical features, and major natural resources in each region.
  • Standard 5 - Identify the location of the North and South Poles, the equator, the prime meridian, Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Hemispheres.
  • Standard 4:15 - Describe the diverse nature of the American people by identifying the distinctive contributions to American culture.


  • Concepts and Skills 6 - Define and give examples of natural resources in the United States.
  • Concepts and skills 7 - Give examples of limited and unlimited resources and explain how scarcity compels people and communities to make choices about goods and services, giving up some things to get other things.

Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework

Life Science

  • Heredity - Observed characteristics of plants and animals can be fully inherited or they can be affected by the climate or environment.
  • Evolution and Biodiversity - Changes in the environment have caused some plants and animals to die or move to new locations.
  • Living Things and Their Environment - Organisms meet needs by using behaviors in response to information from the environment. Some behaviors are instinctive and others learned. Plants have characteristic behaviors. Plants and animals can survive harsh environments via seasonal behaviors.

National Standards and Standards from Other States

Visit the Education World web site for a list of National Academic Standards.

For the educational standards for your state, visit this web site and choose your state from the drop-down menu.