Expository Rubric Grades

Score

Rhetoric/Content Rubric

Conventions Rubric

4

Advanced Proficient The paper does all or most of the followina:

The writing -

• Title enhances the composition

• Clearly addresses all parts of the writing task

• Demonstrates a clear purpose and maintains a consistent point of view and focus

• Authoritatively develops and supports the topic and/or thesis in well-organized paragraphs with specific, well-chosen details using precise and varied vocabulary

• Includes the effective use of transitions

• Includes an engaging lead, a satisfying conclusion, and employs a variety of sentence structures to enhance the writing

• Provides in-depth, relevant and accurate information

• Uses an appropriate and consistent voice which conveys expertise and demonstrates a thorough understanding of the task

• Demonstrates a command of usage while using a variety of complex ideas and/or sentence structures.

• May contain few, if any, errors in the conventions of the English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling).

• These errors do not interfere with the reader's understanding of the writing or the effectiveness of the writing style.

• Errors may be due to risk taking as student attempts sophisticated grammatical structures.

• Reflect legible and appropriate manuscript format

3

Proficient The paper does all or most of the followina:

The writing -

• Includes an appropriate title

• Addresses all parts of the writing task

• Demonstrates a general understanding of purpose and a mostly consistent point of view and focus

• Develops and/or supports the topic or thesis in logical paragraphs with some supporting details using appropriate vocabulary

• Includes the effective use of some transitions

• Includes an appropriate lead and conclusion, and uses more than one sentence type

• Provides adequate, relevant and accurate information

• Uses an appropriate voice that demonstrates understanding of the task

• Demonstrates general evidence of control of common usage. Writer has control of sentence boundaries.

• Contains some errors or more than one kind of error in the conventions of English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling).

• These errors do not interfere with the reader's understanding of the writing, and the essay may be read with relative ease and few distractions.

• Some attempt at complex sentence structure may cause minor errors in the conventions of English language.

• Reflect legible and appropriate manuscript format

2

Partially Proficient The paper does some or all of the followina: The writing -

• Addresses only parts of the writing task

• Demonstrates little understanding of purpose, point-of-view and focus

• Attempts to write paragraphs, but with few supporting details using limited vocabulary. Or may be a list

• May include ineffective or awkward transitions that do not unify important ideas

• Lead and conclusion may be brief or confusing, and uses simple sentences

• Provides limited information; may contain inaccuracies and irrelevant information

• Reader may be unsure of voice

• Demonstrates some evidence of control of common usage.

• Contains several errors in the conventions of the English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling).

• These errors may interfere with the reader's understanding of the writing, but most of the essay can be read with comprehension of the writer's intent.

• Sentences are all or mostly simple construction.

• Reflect legible and appropriate manuscript format

1

Non-Proficient The paper does some or all of the followina: The writing -

• May not include a title

• Demonstrates no understanding of purpose, and lacks point of view and focus

• Has little paragraph structure with few/no details using simple words

• No evidence of lead and conclusion, and sentence structure is simple or confusing

• Provides little to no information

• Lacks voice

• Demonstrates limited/little control of usage; or the piece may be so limited that there is little on which to base judgment.

• Contains serious errors in the conventions of the English language (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, spelling).

• The errors interfere with the reader's understanding of the writing and may be unintelligible.

• Demonstrates little awareness of sentence structure beyond simple sentences.

• Reflect legible and appropriate manuscript format

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