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Name: _______________________

Date: ___March 7, 2014______

Persuasive Article Rubric


Topic/Prompt: ______The Boston Molasses Flood and Dont Drink the Water: ____________________________________________________________________

Advanced (4 pts)
Standard: Purpose, tone, Standard: Organization is used and meaning in word when composing informational and choices influence literary, persuasive texts. persuasive, and informational texts

Proficient (3 pts)

Partially Proficient (2 pts)

Emerging (1 pt)

Score

___Evidence of prewriting or ___Evidence of prewriting or brainstorming ___Some evidence of prewriting or brainstorming ___No prewriting or brainstorming brainstorming ___Establishes central idea in the beginning; ___Some straying from the topic ___No central idea present or established ___Topic paragraph and clear Thesis carries it through the paper ___Some sections seem out of place ___Sections do not follow any order or no Statement pull reader in and establish a ___Each section builds on the previous section ___Some transitional words and phrases are used. paragraphing present clear central idea that is woven throughout ___Transitional words and phrases, link Transitions many be inappropriately used or ___No transitions attempted ___Sections build on one another and sections and ideas elementary in nature (first of all, second of all, etc.) ___No conclusion present have clear focus ___Conclusion wraps up essay effectively. ___Conclusion is present but may suffer from: ___ ICE is not followed consistently, or is ___Transitional words, phrases, and ___All paragraphs follow ICE being too short, bringing in new ideas, or failing not used. embedded transitions link sections and to wrap it up. ideas ___ Most paragraphs follow ICE consistently, ___Conclusion pulls essay together and some paragraphs might be missing elements of demonstrates insight. ICE __All Paragraphs follow ICE ___ All information is accurate and ___ Information sometimes repeated and/or ___ Information inaccurate, ___High quality information focuses focused on task/topic wanders from prompt/task; may contain inadequate or omitted on the prompt in engaging ways inaccuracies ___Examples/explanations unclear ___Intriguing and/or compelling ___ Examples/explanations support topic ___Examples/explanations are incomplete; or missing examples, evidence and lacks detail explanations bring topic to life ___Prompt/task developed consistently ___Prompt/task not developed or ___ Prompt/task/topic inconsistently or not may not be addressed ___ Prompt/task fully developed adequately developed

Content

Organization

__ The issue that is being advocated is clearly explained in an engaging way with specific details __ The writers position (opinion) on the topic is clear and evident throughout all of the article __ The people involved (both harmed by and causing the issue) are clearly explained with high quality information __The author offers an in-depth explanation of an actionable solution based on what they are advocating
Language Skills support meaning; no errors or very few in the following:
___ Use punctuation correctly (commas and parentheses to offset parenthetical elements, colors to introduce a list, and hyphens) ___Vary sentences using prepositional phrases, ensuring that subjects and verbs agree. ___Write and punctuate compound or complex sentences correctly ___Write with consistent verb tense ___Use adjectives and adverbs correctly in sentences to describe verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. ___ Parenthetical citations provide page numbers to text evidence and are formatted correctly.

Standard: Write explanatory/informative texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

__ The issue being advocated is explained __The writers position (opinion) is clearly stated, and is evident through most of the article __The people involved (both harmed and causing the issue) are mentioned. __The author offers a specific actionable solution based on what they are advocating in the article

__The issue being advocated is unclear, but is mentioned __ The writers position (opinion) is unclear, or is not evident throughout the article __ The people involved (both harmed and causing the issue) are unclear, but at least one group is mentioned __ The authors solution is unclear, or does not match the position (opinion) being advocated
Language Skills support meaning; consistent errors in the following: ___ Use punctuation correctly (commas and parentheses to offset parenthetical elements, colors to introduce a list, and hyphens) ___Vary sentences using prepositional phrases, ensuring that subjects and verbs agree. ___Write and punctuate compound or complex sentences correctly ___Write with consistent verb tense ___Use adjectives and adverbs correctly in sentences to describe verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. ___ Page numbers are given for text evidence, but are not written as parenthetical citations.

__ The issue being advocated is not explained __The authors opinion is not stated. __ The people involved are not explained __No solution is offered

Persuasion

Standard: Editing writing for proper grammar, usage, mechanics, and clarity improves written work.

Language Skills support meaning; few errors that dont interfere with meaning in the following:
___ Use punctuation correctly (commas and parentheses to offset parenthetical elements, colors to introduce a list, and hyphens) ___Vary sentences using prepositional phrases, ensuring that subjects and verbs agree. ___Write and punctuate compound or complex sentences correctly ___Write with consistent verb tense ___Use adjectives and adverbs correctly in sentences to describe verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. ___ Parenthetical citations provide page numbers to text evidence, but may not be formatted correctly.

Language Skills support meaning; multiple errors make the information difficult to understand in the following:
___ Use punctuation correctly (commas and parentheses to offset parenthetical elements, colors to introduce a list, and hyphens) ___Vary sentences using prepositional phrases, ensuring that subjects and verbs agree. ___Write and punctuate compound or complex sentences correctly ___Write with consistent verb tense ___Use adjectives and adverbs correctly in sentences to describe verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. ___ No page numbers are given with text evidence.

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