Multi-Paragraph Essay Rubric



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Multi-Paragraph Essay Rubric
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Advanced

Proficient

Developing

Step-One

Ideas


Strong, original ideas are easy to identify, as well as strong evidence to support the writer’s ideas.

Strong ideas are fairly easy to identify, as well as good evidence to support the writer’s ideas.

Ideas are difficult to identify at times. Some evidence is strong, but others need support.

Ideas are all over the place. Ideas need to be supported with more and stronger evidence.

Lead

The lead grabs the reader’s attention, connects to the topic of the essay, and is explained or referenced well in the introductory paragraph.

The lead grabs the reader’s attention but is not explained or referenced well in the introductory paragraph.

Lead is present but does not grab the reader’s attention.

There is no lead.

Thesis

Thesis statement is clear and successfully ties into each body paragraph. It not only sets up the writer’s argument, but also functions as a “road-map” for the essay.

Thesis statement is clear and successfully ties into each body paragraph.

Thesis attempts to connect to the topic.

There is no clear thesis statement.

Body Paragraph Construction

All paragraphs include a catchy introductory sentence, explanations, details, analysis of the information, and an unforgettable concluding sentence.

All paragraphs include an introductory sentence, explanations or details, and a concluding sentence.

Many paragraphs include an introductory sentence, explanations, details, and a conclusion sentence.

Few paragraphs included all elements of a paragraph (introductory sentence, explanations, details, and a conclusion sentence). Sentences were typically unrelated within the paragraph.

Conclusion

Conclusion both appropriately summarizes the main ideas of the essay as well as makes the essay unforgettable.

Conclusion appropriately summarizes the main ideas of the essay.

There is a conclusion paragraph, but it does not summarize the essay.

There is no conclusion present in the essay.

Organization

Essay is easy to follow. It is like having a road map. Nothing is out of place.

The order of the essay works. The essay sort of follows a thesis or main idea statement.

Some parts are definitely out of place. Some may not even be needed.

It is hard to identify the main idea. Ideas seem to be going in all different directions with no controlling idea.

Transitions Between and Within Paragraphs

The essay flows easily to each new topic.

There is an attempt to transition movements to new topics in the essay.

There are some transitions between ideas.

No transitions words are present. Paragraphs and essay sound choppy.




Voice and Word Choice

Writer’s voice is present in the essay. It is obvious that writer considered audience and tone when picking the words he/she used to make the essay unforgettable.

Writer’s voice is somewhat evident. The writer has considered tone or audience when picking some of the words he/she used. Essay may sound “formulaic” at times.

Essay does not have a personal quality. “Formula” of the essay is more apparent than voice. Word choice was considered with 1-3 words or phrases.

Essay does not have a personal quality. Essay sounds very formulaic. Writer repeats many words.

Quotes

Quote(s) are correctly cited and punctuated. Author and page number (where applicable) are included. The quote is used and explained to highlight writer’s ideas.

Quote(s) are included. At lease one is not cited or punctuated. The quote is used to support author’s ideas.

Quote(s) are included but are not punctuated correctly and or do not have page numbers. The quote could support the author’s idea, but lacks the explanation to make that connection.

Quotes are not included in the essay.

Mechanics

No grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors.

Almost no grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors. Errors do not detract from the report.

There are errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Errors attract the reader’s notice.

There are many errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Errors detract the reader’s attention.

Graphic Organizer or Outline

Graphic organizer or outline has been completed and shows clear, logical relationships between all topics and subtopics. Writer shows great through in organization of information.

Graphic organizer or outline has been completed and shows clear, logical relationships between most topics and subtopics.

Graphic organizer or outline has been started and includes some topics and subtopics. Relationships between topics and subtopics are not always clear.

Graphic organizer or outline has not been attempted or included.

Draft(s)

Detailed draft(s) is/are neatly presented and includes all required information. Drafts show a great progression of improvement in student’s writing.

Draft(s) includes required information. Drafts show a progression of improvement in student’s writing.

Draft(s) includes most required information. Drafts show some progression of improvement in student’s writing.

Draft(s) is missing required information. Drafts show no progression of improvement in student’s writing.

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Rubrics Group, 8/9/07


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