Master Rubrics Writing
AF5 - vary sentences for clarity, purpose and effect
Level 8
Secure 7
Insecure 7
Secure 6
Insecure 6
Secure 5
Insecure 5
Secure 4
Insecure 4
Secure 3
Sentence
structure is
imaginatively
matched to
writer’s
intended
effect
Variety of
sentence
types
deployed
across the
text to
achieve
overall effect
Features have
individual
merit and
contribute to
overall
development
of the
text
Controlled
use of a
variety of
sentence
types
to achieve
purpose
Confident use
of a range of
sentence
features to
emphasise
meaning
Wider range
of
connectives
used to
clarify
relationship
between
ideas
Some
features of
sentence
structure
used to build
up detail or
convey
shades of
meaning
Some variety
in length,
structure or
subject of
sentence
some
subordinating
connectives,
Simply
structured
sentences &
and, but, so
are the most
common
connectives
generally
accurate,
in tense and
verb form
AF6 - vary sentences for clarity, purpose and effect
Level 8
Secure 7
Insecure 7
Secure 6
Insecure 6
Secure 5
Insecure 5
Secure 4
Insecure 4
Secure 3
Sentence
structure is
imaginatively
matched to
writer’s
intended
effect
Variety of
sentence
types
deployed
across the
text to
achieve
overall effect
Features have
individual
merit and
contribute to
overall
development
of the
text
Full range of
punctuation
are
consistently
accurate in
a variety of
sentence
structures
Full range of
punctuation
used
accurately
to demarcate
sentences,
including
speech
Punctuation
within the
sentence
generally
accurate
including
commas to
mark clauses,
Sentences
demarcated
accurately
throughout
the text,
including
question
mark
Speech marks
to denote
speech
generally
accurate,
with some
other
speech
punctuation
commas used
in lists and
occasionally
to mark
clauses,
although not
always
accurately. ?
&!
Attempts
speech
punctuation
comma
splicing
evident,
particularly in
narrative
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AF3 – organise and present whole texts effectively, sequencing and structuring information, ideas and events
Level 8
Secure 7
Insecure 7
Secure 6
Insecure 6
Secure 5
Insecure 5
Secure 4
Insecure 4
Secure 3
Imaginative
structuring of
subject
matter and
paragraphing
affirms the
the writer’s
purpose to
reader
Information,
ideas
and events
shaped across
text
to achieve
intended
effect
Variety of
devices
position the
reader
Material is
clearly
sequenced,
taking
account of
the reader’s
likely reaction
Range of
features
clearly signal
overall
direction of
the text
for the reader
Development
of material is
effectively
managed
across text
Sentences
organised
into
appropriate
paragraphs
Ideas
organised by
clustering
related
points or by
time
sequence
Ideas
generally
logical in
sequence
Some
attempt to
organise
ideas
with related
points placed
next to each
other
Overall
direction of
the text
supported by
clear links
between
paragraphs
Overall
direction of
piece not
always
signalled
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AF4 – construct paragraphs and use cohesion within and between paragraph
Level 8
Secure 7
Insecure 7
Secure 6
Insecure 6
Secure 5
Insecure 5
Secure 4
Insecure 4
Secure 3
Imaginative
structuring of
subject
matter and
paragraphing
affirms the
the writer’s
purpose to
reader
Paragraphing
sustains
integral
meaning
across text
Individual
paragraphs
shaped or
crafted
for
imaginative
or
rhetorical
effect
Construction
of
paragraphs
clearly
supports
meaning
and purpose
Within
paragraphs,
cohesive
devices
contribute to
emphasis
and effect
Paragraphs
clearly
structure
main ideas
across text to
support
purpose, e.g.
clear
chronological
or
logical links
between
paragraph
links
between
paragraphs
generally
maintain
across whole
text
Topic
sentences
used in
paragraphs
for effect
Simple links
between
paragraphs
not always
maintained,
Some internal
structure within
sections of text
e.g. one-sentence
paragraphs or ideas
loosely organised
within paragraphs/
•
sections, some links
between sentences,
e.g. use of
pronouns or
of adverbials
movement between
•
paragraphs/sections
sometimes abrupt
or
disjointed
Limited
range of
connections
between
sentences,
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AF1 – write imaginative, interesting and thoughtful texts
Level 8
Secure 7
Insecure 7
Secure 6
Insecure 6
Secure 5
Insecure 5
Secure 4
Insecure 4
Creative
adaptation of
a wide
range of
conventions
to meet
varied
writing
challenges
Imaginative
adaptation of
Creative
adaptation of
a wide
range of
conventions
to meet
varied
writing
challenges
Well judged,
distinctive
individual
voice
established
and
sustained
throughout,
Imaginative
treatment of
appropriate
materials
Level of
formality used
for purpose
and audience
generally
appropriate
Relevant
ideas and
material
developed
with some
imaginative
detail
Viewpoint
established,
generally
consistent,
with
some
elaboration.
Some ideas
and
material
developed in
detail
Straightforward Attempts
viewpoint
selected
generally
form
established and
maintained,
Successful
control of
varied
formality
to achieve
effects
Familiarity with
conventions of
a variety of
forms, adapting
them when
needed to suit
purpose and
audience, not
always
successfully,
Secure 3
Development
of ideas and
material
appropriately
shaped for
selected
form
Convincing,
individual voice
mostly
sustained
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AF2 – produce texts which are appropriate to task, reader and purpose
Level 8
Creative
adaptation of
a wide
range of
conventions
to meet
varied
writing
challenges
Secure 7
Imaginative
adaptation of
Creative
adaptation of
a wide
range of
conventions
to meet
varied
writing
challenges
Successful
control of
varied
formality
to achieve
effects
Insecure 7
Secure 6
Insecure 6
Secure 5
Insecure 5
Secure 4
Insecure 4
Secure 3
Well judged,
distinctive
individual
voice
established
and
sustained
throughout,
Imaginative
treatment of
appropriate
materials
Level of
formality used
for purpose
and audience
generally
appropriate
Features of
selected
form clearly
established
with
some
adaptation to
purpose
Main
purpose of
writing is
clear
and
consistently
maintained
Main
purpose of
writing is
clear
but not
always
consistently
maintained
Style
generally
appropriate
to task,
though
awareness
of reader not
always
sustained
Simple
attempts to
show
awareness of
reader
Familiarity with
conventions of a
variety of
forms, adapting
them when
needed to suit
purpose and
audience, not
always
successfully,
Convincing,
individual voice
mostly
sustained
Appropriate
style
clearly
established
to maintain
reader’s
interest
throughout
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AF7 – select appropriate and effective vocabulary
Level 8
Secure 7
Insecure 7
Secure 6
Insecure 6
Secure 5
Insecure 5
Secure 4
Insecure 4
Secure 3
Wide ranging
vocabulary
used
imaginatively
and with
precision
Vocabulary
consistently,
often
imaginatively,
matched
to purpose
and
audience
Vocabulary
generally
varied
and
ambitious,
often
judiciously
chosen
Vocabulary
chosen
generally
appropriate
to purpose
and
audience
Range of
vocabulary
generally
varied
and often
ambitious,
even
though
choices
not always
apt
Vocabulary
chosen for
effect
Reasonably
wide
vocabulary
used, though
not always
appropriately
Some
evidence of
deliberate
vocabulary
choices
Some
expansion
of general
vocabulary to
match topic
Simple
generally
appropriate
vocabulary
used, limited
in range
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AF8 – use correct spelling
Level 8
Secure 7
cross a range
of writing
correct
spelling
•
throughout
Insecure 7
Secure 6
generally
correct
spelling
•
throughout,
including
some
ambitious, uncommon
words
words with
complex sound/symbol
relationships
words with unstressed
syllables
multi-letter
vowel -and
consonant
symbols
likely errors:
•
-occasionally
in
Insecure 6
Secure 5
Across a range
of writing
correct
spelling of
•
grammatical
function words
almost all
inflected
words -most
derivational
suffixes -and
prefixes
most
content/lexical
-words
likely errors
•
occasional
phonetically plausible
spelling of
unstressed
syllables in
content words
Insecure 5
Secure 4
Across a range
of writing
correct
spelling of •
– most
common
grammatical
function
words,
including
adverbs
with –ly
formation
– regularly
formed
content/lexical
words,
including
those with
multiple
morphemes
– most past
and present
Insecure 4
Secure 3
In most
writing
correct
spelling of
•
some common
-grammatical
function
words
common
content/ lexical words
with
more than one
morpheme,
including
compound
words
likely errors
•
some inflected
-endings, e.g.
past
tense,
comparatives,
adverbs
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complex
words
such as
outrageous,
exaggerated,
announcing,
parallel
double
consonants in
-prefixes
tense
inflections,
plurals
likely errors •
–
homophones
of some
common
grammatical
function
words
– occasional
phonetically
plausible
spelling in
content/lexical
words
some
phonetically plausible
attempts at
content/lexical
words
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