Literacy 7-12

Systems Change
Literacy 7-12 > Strategies > Checklists & Rubrics

Checklists & Rubrics


Checklists and rubrics help students understand expectations as they navigate more complex tasks and assignments. By listing learning targets and criteria, checklists and rubrics help students monitor their work, enhancing Metacognition and allowing for revisions, particularly during the Composition process. Older students are increasingly able to self-assess and provide feedback to peers, making checklists and rubrics essential tools for self-reflection, peer evaluation, and group activities.

Use It in the Classroom

Learn how this school integrates rubrics and checklists. They use these tools to set clear criteria for self-assessments so students can take charge of revising, thus increasing Motivation and fostering a growth mindset. At 2:28, watch how students use colored pencils to identify evidence for having met the criteria, make comments, then revise their work, encouraging independent learning.

  • By providing a rubric that describes clear expectations of each aspect of a given task, teachers can help students understand the quality of work expected of them and encourage self and peer evaluation. Teachers can also involve students in creating rubrics, which can increase their Motivation and awareness of the expectations. Checklists can also be used to guide group and individual work periods, providing students with specific subtasks to complete a larger project.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    From 3:04, watch how Goobric, a Google Chrome extension, allows for rubrics to be set for students' self- and peer- assessment. By setting a clear rubric for students to assess their own and their peers' work, Goobric promotes Metacognition to help learners better understand what is expected of them.

  • Developers can provide teachers with a bank of editable, pre-formulated rubrics across content areas. As part of online collaborative platforms, developers can integrate rubrics and checklists as guidelines for discussions, promoting Self-regulation during collaboration. They can also provide tools for learners to develop their own interactive rubrics with the ability to make comments, increasing communication between peers and teachers and supporting the revision process.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy