General Oral Response Rubric
I wanted a tool that would allow me to quickly and easily rate my students' oral responses, and this is what I came up with. As you can see, this rubric is very general and can be applied in different content areas. I used it primarily in Social Studies, but it really doesn't have to be confined to that area.
I used to keep several copies of this on a clipboard to be used as needed. Sometimes I would formally sit down with a student one-on-one to assess oral response, and sometimes I would be able to assess informally during group discussion, etc. Sometimes I would record my students' oral responses (easily done with a laptop, iPad, tablet, or smartphone) and sometimes not.
I would also keep a student's English language development level in mind while completing this assessment. I would expect a much more detailed and expanded oral response from a student at an Expanding level 4 than a student at an Emerging level 2. You can find this information out from your school's ESL/Bilingual teacher, or by comparing the WIDA Speaking and Writing Performance Definitions to your student's actual language production skills.
You can click here for a pdf version of this rubric. Enjoy, and let me know how you are using it in the comments!