San Diego Jewish Academy
9th and 10th Grade Humanities
California Language Arts Standards for
9th and 10th Grades
Writing Rubric

In general, in 9th and 10th grades, students write coherent and focused essays that convey a well-defined perspective and tightly reasoned argument. The writing demonstrates students' awareness of the audience and purpose. Students progress through the stages of the writing process as needed.

In constructing your essay, you

completely (A) mostly (B) sometimes (C)

establish a controlling impression or coherent thesis that conveys a clear and distinctive perspective on the subject and maintains a consistent tone and focus throughout the piece of writing. (Organization 1.1)

use precise language, action verbs, sensory details, appropriate modifiers, and the active rather than the passive voice. (Organization 1.2)

develop the main ideas within the body of the composition through supporting evidence (e.g., scenarios, commonly held beliefs, hypotheses, definitions). (Research and Technology 1.4)

integrates quotations and citations into a written text while maintaining the flow of ideas. (Research and Technology 1.6)

use appropriate conventions for documentation in the text, notes, and bibliographies by adhering to those in style manuals (e.g., Modern Language Association Handbook, The Chicago Manual of Style). (Research and Technology 1.7)

design and publish documents by using advanced publishing software and graphic programs. (Research and Technology 1.8)

revise writing to improve the logic and coherence of the organization and controlling perspective, the precision of word choice, and the tone by taking into consideration the audience, purpose, and formality of the context. (Evaluation and Revision 1.9)

produce legible work that shows accurate spelling and correct use of the conventions of punctuation and capitalization. (Manuscript Form 1.4)

(as appropriate) use clear research questions and suitable research methods (e.g., library, electronic media, personal interview) to elicit and present evidence from primary and secondary sources. (Research and Technology 1.3)

synthesize information from multiple sources and identify complexities and discrepancies in the information and the different perspectives found in each medium (e.g., almanacs, microfiche, news sources, in-depth field studies, speeches, journals, technical documents). (Research and Technology 1.5)

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