Holistic Annotation Rubric

Score Criteria: Annotations…
Meets expectations
5 points
  • Add to the conversation by including questions,
    examples, connections, or elaboration/explanation
  • Highlight central ideas or offer clarification,
    extending knowledge beyond restating the text
  • Demonstrate reflection and analysis of the text
  • Contain additive replies to classmates which answer
    their questions or extend their responses
  • Meet required number of annotations/replies
Emerging towards expectations
3 points
  • Contain incomplete thoughts or connections
    without clear examples/explanations
  • Restate the text without clarifying/highlighting key
  • Contain replies that do not further the conversation
    beyond “I agree”
  • Less than minimum number of required
    annotations/replies included
0 points
  • Missing or does not add to the conversation in any

To use this rubric in your course:

Edit the scoring values to grades that work best for your course.
Review the criteria for “adding to the conversation”–does this describe what you’d like an
annotation to contain in your course? Revise as needed.
Revise other criteria as necessary depending on your annotation assignment requirements
(for example, remove the bullet about required number of annotations if a specific number
of annotations is not required in your assignments).
Add any criteria that assess your assignment instructions which are not included here.