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Biography Writing Rubric 
Writing a Biography
Rubric Code: N246BW3
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Subject: English  
Type: Writing  
Grade Levels: 6-8

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Life Content

Note: You may use your history book, but it can't be one of your resources.

4

-Provides many highlights of the person’s life, including specific details/examples of achievements.
-Shares the person's impact on society or history
-The following are all included: Birth (and Death) date, early life, childhood, adulthood, hometown/country, becoming famous, life at the moment (if the person is still alive, and later life.
-Many interesting details are included
-At least 3/4 references are included in the essay: 2 books,1 online, or 2 books, 2 online
3

-Several highlights of
the person’s life with some details
-Some of the following are included: early life, childhood, adulthood, hometown/country, becoming famous, life at the moment (if the person is still alive, and later life.
-Most details are included
-At least 2/4 references are included in the essay.
2

-A few highlights of
the person’s life
-Missing one of the following: early life, childhood, adulthood, hometown/country, becoming famous, life at the moment (if the person is still alive, later life (if no longer living), your feelings about the person
-Few details are included
-At least 1/4 references are included in the essay.
1

-A couple of highlights of the
person’s life without details
-Missing two or more of the following: early life, childhood, adulthood, hometown/country, becoming famous, life at the moment (if the person is still alive, later life (if no longer living), your feelings about the person
-Needs more detail
-Does not include references
Paragraph Organization

4

-Organizational pattern
and layout is an
excellent fit for the
topic, purpose and
audience
-Chronological order of events
-Introduction grabs
the reader’s attention (hook)
with a strong conclusion
-Must be at least five paragraphs.
-Each paragraph has its purpose
-Transitions smoothly from one paragraph to the next.
3

-Organizational pattern
and layout are a good
fit for the topic,
purpose and audience
-Events are in chronological order
-Introduction is
appealing and the
conclusion ties up loose
ends
-Transitions adequately
connect ideas.
2

-Organizational pattern
and the layout shows the relevance of the person's history.
-Introduction and/or
conclusion needs some
improvement
-Transitions are not
always present
1

-Organizational pattern
and layout is not evident,
or interfere with the purpose of the essay.
-Weak Introduction and/or
conclusion.
-Unclear evidence or significance of the person is not present
-Transitions are rarely
attempted
Person's Analysis: Emotions and Moral

4

-The writer seems to
be writing from knowledge or
experience of knowing
this person, reliving the life of their subject.
-Elaborates on the person's experiences and feelings during her/his moments.
-Provides correlation between the person and the writer.
-The author paints a complete picture of their life.
3

-The writer gives an illustration of the person's life and attempts to place him/herself in their position.
-Share some of the person's experiences and feelings during her/his moments.
-Provides some correlation between the person and the writer.
-The author attempts to paint a picture of the person's life.
2

-The writer relates some of her/his knowledge or experience of this person.
-Gave a few details about the person's experiences and feelings during her/his moments.
-The author vaguely shares the person's emotions and moral personality
1

-The writer has not provided any information in a
personal way.
-The ideas and the way they are expressed do not connect with the historical figure.
-The author does not give analysis throughout the essay.
Vivid Details

4

-Writer uses vivid
words and phrases that
linger or draw pictures
in the reader's mind.
-Writes in an expressive,
an entertaining and informative way.
3

-Writer attempts to
use descriptive words
and phrases that draw
pictures in the
reader's mind.
2

-Writer uses some
words that
communicate clearly,
but the writing lacks
variety, punch or flair.
1

-Writer uses a limited
vocabulary that does
not communicate
strongly or capture the
reader's interest.
Sentence and Word Variation

4

-The writer uses sentences in a variety of interesting ways (e.g. compound, complex, and inverted).
-Sentences begin in alternative ways
-Uses variation of words
3

-The writer attempts to begin
sentences differently.
(e.g. compound, complex, and inverted) with some word variation.
2

-There is some fluency
in the writing and
variety in sentence
length, but several
sentences begin in similar ways or contain repetitive words.
1

-Writing fluency is
limited due to
sentences often
beginning the same
way, and little variety
in sentence length/variation.
M.U.G.S.

4

-Writer does not have errors in Mechanics, Usage, Grammar, and Spelling.
-The writing is exceptionally easy to read and keeps the reader's attention throughout.
-Proper Essay Formatting (e.g. proper name format).
3

-Writer makes a few errors in Mechanics, Usage, Grammar, and Spelling.
-The writing attempts to keep the reader focused on the historical figure.
2

-The writer makes several errors in Mechanics, Usage, Grammar, and Spelling.
-The writing goes back and forth from one subject to the next, interrupting the flow of the writing.
1

The writer makes many errors in Mechanics, Usage, Grammar, and Spelling.
-Lacks focus. Ideas are mixed and integrated within the paragraphs, greatly interfering with the flow of the biography.
-No consistency.



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