Arlington County, VA Spanish Partial-Immersion Program Rubrics for Writing and Speaking in English and Spanish for Grades 1-5 (1997)

Sample Writing Tasks


  • how to keep your teeth clean and healthy
  • write directions on how to...
  • explain ways to be healthy
  • caring for your pet instruction booklet
  • write rules for a game
  • compose a poster explaining how to...


  • research an animal
  • learning log
  • paper about the solar system
  • life in colonial Virginia or research paper on the life of an important Virginian
  • research types of plants, animals, etc.
  • write about your own character


  • describe an animal and its habitat
  • self-description
  • describe a character
  • describe your favorite book
  • create a character for a story or book and write about it
  • describe a place (ocean floor, castle, caves, city, setting, life in.., etc.)


  • tell about your most recent family outing or get together
  • write about a trip to anywhere you want to go
  • write a story
  • write a newspaper article
  • write an anecdote
  • tell a story about a trip to anywhere you have been or would like to go


  • persuade your parents to let you have a certain pet or to...
  • persuade your friend to...
  • persuade the principal at your school to...
  • write a letter to a friend persuading him/her to visit you this summer
  • write an essay persuading people of the importance of...


  • write a letter to...
  • write a thank you note
  • journal writing
  • write a letter to introduce yourself to a pen pal
  • write your opinion about...
  • write an ad or commercial for print or visual media

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