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Compare and Contrast Rubric

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Compare and Contrast Rubric

Grades 3 – 12
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Compare and Contrast Rubric



Students and teachers can use this rubric when doing writing that compares and contrasts two things, as well as when assessing the writing.

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When assigning a compare and contrast writing assignment, students need to be aware of what makes an outstanding written work. This rubric is a great tool to show students what is expected of them in a concrete way. Additionally, this rubric will help teachers assess this student writing and inform further instruction. This Comparison and Contrast Rubric is also a great way to introduce different rubrics that are used to assess student writing on many state tests.


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  • Have students work with a partner or a group and grade each others' papers using the rubric (the entire group should grade the same paper at one time). Students can then compare their scores with those of other students, as well as the author, to see how they are similar and different. Feedback from group members will help students when editing their own papers and looking to see if they have included what is required of the assignment.
  • Before turning in the writing assignment, have students assess his/her own writing using the rubric. After the teacher has assessed the assignment, the student and teacher could have a one-on-one conference to discuss how their assessed rubrics differ and what improvements could be made.