Personal Essay: Grade 4 Writing Unit 2



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Personal Essay Conferring Checklist

Student Name:



Generating ideas:

Lists important ideas and evidence.




Generating ideas:

Brainstorms essay ideas from personal essays.




Writing Strategy:

Brainstorms essay ideas from narrative texts.




Writing Strategy

Brainstorms essay ideas from writer’s notebook.




Writing Strategy:

Chooses an idea and writes an opinion statement.




Writing Strategy:

Uses Boxes and Bullets to organize essay ideas.




Revision Strategy:

Tries out different introductions.




Writing Strategy:

Angles evidence to support a point of view.




Revision Strategy:

Tries out different conclusions.




Revision Strategy:

Revises essay for meaning and clarity.




Editing Strategy:

Uses a revision/editing checklist.






Personal Essay Assessment Rubric




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Ideas/

Content


The writer creates an exceptionally clear and relevant point of view about a meaningful idea. The writer includes relevant stories, quotes, lists, and observations, and a conclusion that are clearly angled to support and develop the idea.

The writer creates a generally clear point of view about a meaningful idea. The writer includes some stories, quotes, lists, and observations, and a conclusion that are angled to support and develop the idea.

The writer creates a point of view about an idea. The writer includes stories, quotes, lists, and observations, and a conclusion that are underdeveloped and weakly supported.


The writer develops a weak point of view about an idea. The writer includes little or no stories, quotes, lists, and observations and a conclusion to support or develop the idea.



Organization


The writing is exceptionally clear and organized. The writer groups related ideas to support the writer’s purpose. Linking words and phrases and parallel structure are used effectively to connect point of view and evidence.

The writing is generally clear and organized. The writer groups related ideas to support the writer’s purpose most of the time. Linking words and phrases and parallel structure are used to connect point of view and evidence.

The writing shows little evidence of organization. Parts of the essay may be missing. Few linking words and phrases and/or minimal parallel structure are used to connect point of view and evidence.

The writing lacks recognizable organization.



Style


The writing includes an effective use of words and phrases and precise language.

The writing includes a somewhat effective use words and phrases and precise language.

The writing includes a basic use of words and phrases.

The writing includes an ineffective use of words and phrases.



Conventions

Conventions of Standard English* for grammar, usage, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation for the grade level are consistently used. Paragraphs are indented.

Conventions of Standard English* for grammar, usage, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation for the grade level are usually used. Paragraphs are indented.

Conventions of Standard English* for grammar, usage, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation for the grade level are rarely used. Few paragraphs are indented.

Conventions of Standard English* for grammar, usage, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation for the grade level are not used. Paragraphs are not indented.

*Standard English is the form of English most widely accepted as being clear and proper.


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