Online Discussion Rubric

Element: Needs Improvement 1 Fair 2 Strong 3 Mastery 4
Addresses the Question Fails to address all parts of the discussion question. Addresses parts of the discussion question. Addresses most aspects of the discussion question. Thoroughly addresses all parts of the discussion question.
Substantive Nature of Post Not substantive. Attempts a substantive response but needs more detail. Substantive with clear details and examples. Substantive. Added depth to the overall conversation.
Organization and Clarity Lacks organization/ unclear. Attempts organization, but writing in places is unclear. Organized and clear. Extremely organized, clear and concise throughout.
Mechanics (Spelling and Grammar) Mechanical errors throughout. Mechanical errors distract at times. A couple errors present, but they do not distract. Mechanics reflect careful editing.



Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Teacher teaching English at Sonoma County’s Windsor High School. She is a curriculum designer, speaker, and author of Blended Learning in Grades 4-12: Leveraging the Power of Technology to Create Student-Centered Classrooms.