What is a grading rubric? A rubric is a set of categories which define and describe the important components of the work being assessed. You will be assessed on 7 different parts of the make.a.difference project with the following rubrics. Along with the detailed descriptions and instruction you have received in class, using a rubric while working on the project will help you to stay focused and also know exactly what is expected of you. Feel free to print them out and grade yourself along the way to gauge how you are doing.