Argumentative Essay (Five Paragraph Organizational Structure) Scoring Guide/ Rubric Introduction (Paragraph 1)



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Argumentative Essay (Five Paragraph Organizational Structure)

Scoring Guide/ Rubric

Introduction (Paragraph 1):

Hook: Action, Reaction, Dialogue, etc.

2 points

Brief Background Information: (2-3 Sentences)

2 points

Claim: (Your Opinion on the Issue)

5 points

Two Supporting Reasons

6 points (3 for each reason)

Total Points: 15 points

Body Paragraphs (2 and 3):

Topic Sentence: Reason One (Paragraph 2) and Reason Two (Paragraph 3)

2 points

Supporting Statement One: Textual Evidence from the source, facts, statistics, examples, quotes, expert opinions, observations, etc.

The Supporting Statement should be introduced with: TLQC: Transition, Lead in, Quote, Citation or TLPC: Transition, Lead in, Paraphrase, Citation

Proper Citation:

(Source #, Paragraph #).

Ex. (Source 1, Paragraph 5).


  • Example TLQC: For instance [transition], in the magazine advertisement for Gatorade sports drink [lead in], the ad uses the technique of testimonial by showing a picture of Major League Baseball player Derek Jeter holding up his fist to fans and by including a text under the picture stating “Gatorade has always been a part of Derek Jeter’s team” [quote] (Source 1, Paragraph 5). [citation]

  • Example TLPC: According to [transition] Andrew Rooney from the editorial “America the Not- So- Beautiful,” [lead in] the citizens of New York City throw away nine times their weight in garbage each year (Source 1, Paragraph 7). [citation]

5 points
(3 for the evidence

and 2 for the citation)



Commentary One: Explain the evidence and how it relates to the topic sentence; elaboration reflects voice and style. (text-to-self)

  • This quote means…

  • Basically, the author is trying to prove…

  • Although this point is based in research, I think…

  • What I just read reminds me of the time when I…

Commentary Two: Give another explanation: maybe a text-to-world about the reason.

  • Apart from my perspective this affects other people…

  • What I just read makes me wonder about the future because…

3 points

3 points



Supporting Statement Two: Textual Evidence from the source, facts, statistics, examples, quotes, expert opinions, observations, etc.

The Supporting Statement should be introduced with: TLQC: Transition, Lead in, Quote, Citation or TLPC: Transition, Lead in, Paraphrase, Citation

Proper Citation:

(Source #, Paragraph #).

Ex. (Source 1, Paragraph 5).


5 points

(3 for the evidence

and 2 for the citation)


Commentary One: Explain the evidence and how it relates to the topic sentence; elaboration reflects voice and style.

Commentary Two: Give another explanation: maybe a text-to-world or a text-to self about the reason.

3 points
3 points


Concluding Statement: Universal idea, reflects voice and style; answers the question: “so what?” Re-state what you mentioned in the topic sentence.

  • As shown above,

  • To summarize,

  • Given these points,




3 points

Total Points (This is x 2): 27 x 2 = 54 points

Counter-Claim (Paragraph 4):

Two Counter-arguments that go against each of your two reasons.

***Counter-argument: The other view point (s) contrary to your claim which is your opinion. What might someone else believe? The other side; argument.




  • On the contrary, there are others who think…

  • In opposition to my view, other people believe…

  • Unlike my opinion, there are those you feel that…



3 points each 6 points

A Rebuttal that fights against those counter-arguments (2)

  • Although other people think differently they are incorrect because…

  • Nevertheless, they are incorrect because…

2 points each 4 points

Total Points: 10 points

Conclusion (Paragraph 5):

Restate your thesis in different words

2 points

List 2 - solutions or recommendations in order to reach consensus (agreement with opposing views)

4 points (2 points for each)

Total Points: 6 points

Transitions: (5 or more: varied)

Great Examples:

However, Nevertheless, Therefore, On the Contrary, Additionally, Finally, For instance, etc.


2 points for each transition = 10 points

Conventions:

Capitalization (5 points)

Grammar (5 points)

Punctuation (5 points)

Spelling (5 points)


20 points

Total Points: 30 points

Grand Total: 115 points

Argumentative Essay Legend (Key)

Introduction (Paragraph 1):

Hook:

Green

Brief Background Information:

Yellow

Claim:

Circle it with your pen (blue or black ink)

Two Supporting Reasons:

Blue

Body Paragraphs (2 and 3):

Topic Sentence:

Blue

Supporting Statement One:

Orange

Commentary One:

Commentary Two:



Yellow

Supporting Statement Two:

Orange

Commentary One:

Commentary Two:



Yellow

Concluding Sentence:

Blue

Counter-Claim (Paragraph 4):

Two Counter-arguments:

Underline it with your pen (blue or black ink)

Rebuttal:

Put Brackets [ ]

Conclusion (Paragraph 5):

Restate your thesis in different words

Blue

List 2 solutions or recommendations in order to reach consensus (agreement with opposing views)

Pink


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