Position Essay Rubric

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    Persuasive Essay : Research Argument Essay Rubric


4 - Above Standards
3 - Meets Standards
2 - Approaching Standards
1 - Below Standards
The introductory paragraph has a strong hook or attention grabber that is appropriate for the audience. This could be a strong statement, a relevant quotation, statistic, or question addressed to the reader.
The introductory paragraph has a hook or attention grabber, but it is weak, rambling or inappropriate for the audience.
The author has an interesting introductory paragraph but the connection to the topic is not clear.
The introductory paragraph is not interesting AND is not relevant to the topic.
The position statement provides a clear, strong statement of the author's position on the topic.
The position statement provides a clear statement of the author's position on the topic.
A position statement is present, but does not make the author's position clear.
There is no position statement.
Includes 3 or more pieces of evidence (facts, statistics, examples, real-life experiences) that support the position statement. The writer anticipates the reader's concerns, biases or arguments and has provided at least 1 counter-argument.
Includes 3 or more pieces of evidence (facts, statistics, examples, real-life experiences) that support the position statement.
Includes 2 pieces of evidence (facts, statistics, examples, real-life experiences) that support the position statement.
Includes 1 or fewer pieces of evidence (facts, statistics, examples, real-life experiences).
Arguments and support are provided in a logical order that makes it easy and interesting to follow the author's train of thought.
Arguments and support are provided in a fairly logical order that makes it reasonably easy to follow the author's train of thought.
A few of the support details or arguments are not in an expected or logical order, distracting the reader and making the essay seem a little confusing.
Many of the support details or arguments are not in an expected or logical order, distracting the reader and making the essay seem very confusing.
A variety of thoughtful transitions are used. They clearly show how ideas are connected
Transitions show how ideas are connected, but there is little variety
Some transitions work well, but some connections between ideas are fuzzy.
The transitions between ideas are unclear OR nonexistent.
The conclusion is strong and leaves the reader solidly understanding the writer's position. Effective restatement of the position statement begins the closing paragraph.
The conclusion is recognizable. The author's position is restated within the first two sentences of the closing paragraph.
The author's position is restated within the closing paragraph, but not near the beginning.
There is no conclusion - the paper just ends.
All sources used for quotes, statistics and facts are credible and cited correctly.
All sources used for quotes, statistics and facts are credible and most are cited correctly.
Most sources used for quotes, statistics and facts are credible and cited correctly.
Many sources are suspect (not credible) AND/OR are not cited correctly.
Demonstrates a clear understanding of the potential reader and uses appropriate vocabulary and arguments. Anticipates reader's questions and provides thorough answers appropriate for that audience.
Demonstrates a general understanding of the potential reader and uses vocabulary and arguments appropriate for that audience.
Demonstrates some understanding of the potential reader and uses arguments appropriate for that audience.
It is not clear who the author is writing for.
All sentences are well-constructed with varied structure.
Most sentences are well-constructed and there is some varied sentence structure in the essay.
Most sentences are well constructed, but there is no variation is structure.
Most sentences are not well-constructed or varied.
Author makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Author makes 1-2 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Author makes 3-4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Author makes more than 4 errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.
Capitalization & Punctuation
Author makes no errors in capitalization or punctuation, so the essay is exceptionally easy to read.
Author makes 1-2 errors in capitalization or punctuation, but the essay is still easy to read.
Author makes a few errors in capitalization and/or punctuation that catch the reader's attention and interrupt the flow.
Author makes several errors in capitalization and/or punctuation that catch the reader's attention and interrupt the flow.
Paper is typed in 12 point font, dbl. spaced, using correct MLA format, including a title page, outline, and works cited page.
Paper has all format areas covered - but 1 or 2 mistakes are noted.
Student has errors in MLA citations or incorrect format for outline or title page.
Student is missing an important element altogether or has serious format mistakes

Date Created: January 31, 2007

MAIN POINTS
Body Paragraphs

The main idea or a thesis statement is clearly defined. There may be more than one key point. Appropriate relevant information and details are shared from a variety of sources including personal experiences, observations, and prior knowledge. Supporting details are accurate, relevant, and helpful in clarifying the main idea(s).

The main idea can be identified. The writer shares relevant information, facts and experiences.  There is a clear distinction between general observations and specifics.  Supporting details are relevant and explain the main idea.

The main idea can be identified. The writer shares some information, facts and experiences, but may show problems going from general observations to specifics. Stronger support and greater attention to details would strengthen this paper.

More than one of the following problems may be evident: The main idea is not identifiable. The writer shares some information, but it is limited or unclear. Details are missing or repetitious.

 

STYLE 
Writer’s Voice, Audience Awareness,

The paper is honest and enthusiastic. The language is natural yet thought-provoking. It brings the topic to life. The reader feels a strong sense of interaction with the writer and senses the person behind the words.
Writing is smooth, skillful, and coherent.  Sentences are strong and expressive with varied structure

Writer's voice is  consistent and strong.  The writer is aware of an audience. The reader is informed and remains engaged. Sentences have varied structure.

 

Writer's voice may emerge strongly on occasion, then retreat behind general, vague, tentative, or abstract language. The writer is aware of an audience.  The reader is informed, but must work at remaining engaged. Sentence structure shows some variety.

Writing is confusing, hard to follow.  Language is vague.  No audience awareness.  No variety in sentence structure.

 

MECHANICS
Spelling, punctuation, capitalization

Punctuation, spelling, capitalization are correct.  No errors.

Punctuation, spelling, capitalization are generally correct, with few errors. (1-2)

A few errors in punctuation, spelling, capitalization. (3-4)

Distracting errors in punctuation, spelling, capitalization.

 

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