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Monday, September 06, 2010

Definitions for rubric

  1. A title, heading, or the like, written or printed in red or otherwise distinguished from the rest of the text.
  2. A direction for the conduct of divine service.
  3. Any established mode of conduct or procedure.

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Citations for rubric
In our office, we have a file of rubrics The New Yorker has used in its eighty-five-year history-Annals of Exploration, Letter from Saigon, Yachts and Yachtsmen. It can be a helpful list. Amy Davidson, "About a Nutshell," Close Read blog, www.newyorker.com, August 2010.
Under the "best of category" rubric, Bedell's 2008 cabernet franc ($30) was voted the state's best red. Howard G. Goldberg, "And the Award Winner Is ...," Long Island Vines blog, New York Times, August 2010.
Origin of rubric
1325-1375
Rubric's origin relates to its color; the source is the Latin rubrica, "red ocher."