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Focus

Focus

Support

Subject or position is directly stated


Writing stays on topic throughout paper
Opening captures the readers attention
Body of the paper develops the subject
Conclusion effectively ends paper and
ties it together

Support

Subject or position is directly stated


Writing stays on topic throughout paper
Opening captures the readers attention
Body of the paper develops the subject
Conclusion attempts to tie main ideas
together

Subject or position is implied


Writing stays on topic throughout paper
Opening captures the readers attention
Body of the paper is not fully developed
Conclusion attempts to tie main ideas
together

Support

Organization

Each paragraph contains only one main


idea

Each paragraph has a topic sentence

Writing flows easily from one idea to


the next

Sentence structure and word choice is


varied

Sentences and paragraphs are coherent


(make sense)

Sentences and paragraphs are cohesive


(fit together)

Each paragraph has a concluding


sentence

Student uses at least 5 transitions to help


essay flow

Introductory paragraph begins with an


attention grabber
Integration

Paper is fully developed, appropriate to


grade level

Focus is clear and developed

Paper is balanced, with paragraphs


approximately the same length

Sentences and paragraphs fit together


smoothly

Organization

Each paragraph contains only one main


idea

Each paragraph has a topic sentence

Transitions have been used between


paragraphs

Sentence structure and word choice is


varied

Sentences and paragraphs are coherent


(make sense)

Sentences and paragraphs are


inconsistent (may not fit together)

Each paragraph has a concluding


sentence

Student uses 3-4 transitions to help


essay flow

Attention grabber is mediocre in


introductory paragraph
Integration

Paper is fully developed, appropriate to


grade level

Focus is clear but not developed

Paper is balanced, with paragraphs


approximately the same length

Sentences and paragraphs fit together


smoothly

Conventions

All rules and conventions of standard


English are followed
(paragraph structure, sentence structure,
spelling, punctuation, capitalization)

Errors do not interfere with the readers


understanding of the writing

Conventions

Most rules of standard English are


followed
(paragraph structure, sentence structure,
spelling, punctuation, capitalization)

Errors do not interfere with the readers


understanding of the writing

Conventions

Rules of standard English have


attempted to be followed
(paragraph structure, sentence structure,
spelling, punctuation, capitalization)

Errors may interfere with the readers


understanding of the writing

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EXCEEDS STANDARD

Major points are developed in detail


Details and support are developed
Appropriate vocabulary is used
throughout
Paragraphs have an inconsistent number
of details

Focus

Some points are developed, but not in


detail

Details and support are developed

Appropriate vocabulary is used


throughout

Paragraphs have an inconsistent number


of details
Organization

Each paragraph contains only one main


idea

Each paragraph has a topic sentence

Transitions have been used between


paragraphs

Sentence structure and word choice is


repetitive and lacks creativity.

Sentences and paragraphs are coherent


(make sense)

Sentences and paragraphs are


inconsistent (may not fit together)

Each paragraph has a concluding


sentence

Student uses 1-2 transitions to help


essay flow

Attention grabber is not used effectively


in introductory paragraph
Integration

Paper is fully developed, appropriate to


grade level

Focus is not clear

Paper is unbalanced, with paragraphs of


uneven length and importance

Sentences and paragraphs are not


connected to a single theme or idea

Major points are developed in detail


Details and support are developed
Appropriate vocabulary is used
throughout
Paragraphs have approximately the
same number of details

Focus

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MEETS STANDARD

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BELOW STANDARD

Support

Subject is unclear
Writing is not on topic
Opening captures the readers attention
Body of the paper is not fully developed
No conclusion evident

Few examples used to support ideas


Details are not developed
vocabulary is used incorrectly
Paragraphs have an inconsistent number
of details

Organization

Each paragraph several different ideas

Topic sentences are unclear or missing

Transitions have not been used between


paragraphs

Sentence structure and word choice is


repetitive and lacks creativity.

Sentences and paragraphs are not clear

Sentences and paragraphs are


inconsistent (may not fit together)

Paragraphs do not contain complete


thoughts or ideas

Student does not use transitions


appropriately to help essay flow

No attention grabber is used in the


introductory paragraph
Integration

Paper is not developed

Focus is not clear

Paper is unbalanced, with paragraphs of


uneven length and importance

Sentences and paragraphs are not


connected to a single theme or idea
Conventions

Rules of standard English have not been


followed
(paragraph structure, sentence structure,
spelling, punctuation, capitalization)

Errors interfere with the readers


understanding of the writing

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UNSATISFACTORY