Writing Rubrics for Primary Grades - Teach Junkie Today I want to share what a writing rubric is, why I like using them and share links to 3 free writing rubrics you can use. What is a writing rubric? I think of a rubric as a performance scoring  Teach Junkie. K-5 Teaching Activities. Science; I’ve been teaching first grade for 6 years now, so I’ve read a lot of student writing! Writing Rubrics: Grade 1 | EL Education EL Education created these K-5 rubrics based on an analysis of the grade-level demands of the CCSS, rubrics used by PARCC and Smarter Balanced, and EL Education's own professional expertise (including attention to the Writing for Understanding framework).