Informative Explanatory Writing


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Expository Writing

Third Grade Expository Revising Topics:

____Introduce the topic

____Support the topic with:

___facts/details

____Use linking words and phrases

____Have a concluding sentence

_________ Details to improve the meaning and focus

____add words, phrases, or sentences

____delete/omit words or sentences

____word choice



____word order



Third Grade Expository Editing Topics:

_________Capitalization

____Titles

____Beginning of a Sentence

____Proper nouns (names of people, places, things) _______________

_________Punctuation

____Correct end mark at the end of a sentence

____Commas in dates, locations, and addresses

____Commas in a series

_________Making Sense

____Complete/Incomplete Sentences

____Subject/Verb agreement

____Correct use of verb tense

_________Spelling

Name__________________________________________________________________ Informative Explanatory Rubric

Grade 3





Content (Informative)

SCORE:_________________



Organization (Revise)

SCORE:____________



Language Conventions (Edit)

SCORE:____________



4-Grade Level Mastery

*Writing addresses all aspects of the prompt.
*Writing clearly develops the topic with facts, definition, and detail.
*The writing includes illustrations that closely aid comprehension.
*Writing completely makes sense.

*The writing clearly introduces the topic.
*The writing clearly stays on topic.
*The writing includes clear, well-chosen academic words and phrases that improve the meaning and focus.
*The writing effectively uses linking words and phrase to group related information together.
*The writing provides an effective concluding statement.



*Writing uses grammar rules consistently and correctly (pronouns, abstract nouns, comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, verb tenses and plural nouns).
*Writing uses compound and complex sentences with coordinating and subordinating conjunctions correctly and consistently.
*Writing capitalizes words correctly and consistently.
*Writing punctuates (commas, apostrophes, end punctuation) correctly and consistently.
*Writing applies spelling rules and patterns correctly and consistently.

3-Approaching Grade Level Mastery

*Writing addresses the prompt with an inconsistent focused response.
*Writing mostly develops the topic with facts, definition, or detail.
*The writing includes illustrations that mostly aid comprehension.
*Writing mostly makes sense.

*Writing introduces the topic.
*Writing mostly stays on topic.
*Writing includes some words and phrases that improve the meaning and focus.
*Writing uses linking words correctly.
*Writing provides a concluding statement.



*Writing uses grammar rules with few errors (pronouns, abstract nouns, comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, verb tenses and plural nouns).
*Writing uses compound and complex sentences with coordinating and subordinating conjunctions with few errors.
*Writing capitalizes words with few errors.
*Writing punctuates (commas, apostrophes, end punctuation) with few errors.
*Writing applies spelling rules and patterns (as referenced in pacing guide) with few errors.

2- Making Progress toward Grade Level Mastery

*Writing attempts to address the prompt but lacks focus.
*The writing’s attempts to develop the topic with facts, definitions or details is unclear.

*The writing includes illustrations that somewhat aid comprehension.
*Writing makes some sense but is not clear.

*Writing attempts to introduce the topic but is unclear.
*Writing somewhat stays on topic, yet, progression of ideas is lacking (rambling or repetition).
*Writing includes few words and phrases that improve the meaning and focus.
*Writing inconsistently uses linking words correctly.
*Provides an unclear concluding statement.



*Writing uses grammar rules inconsistently (pronouns, abstract nouns, comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, verb tenses and plural nouns).
*Writing uses compound and complex sentences with coordinating and subordinating conjunctions with many errors.
*Writing capitalizes words with many errors.
*Writing punctuates (commas, apostrophes, end punctuation) with many errors.
**Writing applies spelling rules and patterns (as referenced in pacing guide) with many errors.

1-Insufficient Progress toward Grade Level Mastery

*Writing does not address the prompt.

*The writing does not develop the topic with facts, definitions, or details.



*The writing does not include related illustrations.
*Writing makes no sense.

*Writing does not introduce the topic.
*Writing does not stay on topic.
*Writing does not include words or phrases that improve the meaning and focus.
*Writing does not use linking words.
*Writing does not have a concluding statement.



*Writing does not use grammar rules (pronouns, abstract nouns, comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, verb tenses and plural nouns).
*Writing does not use compound and complex sentences with coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.
*Writing does not capitalizes words.
*Writing does not punctuates (commas, apostrophes, end punctuation).
*Writing does not apply spelling rules and patterns (as referenced in pacing guide) with excessive errors.


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