Rubric for Awesome Author Essay/Blog Entry



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I.D. ___ Name ______________________ Section ___ Date ______________
Rubric for Awesome Author Essay/Blog Entry







5—EXEMPLARY


4—PROFICIENT

3–PARTIALLY PROFICIENT

2—LITTLE OR NO EFFORT

Points Earned

Title


A relevant, engaging, original title hints at the focus of the essay and is centered at the top of the paper.
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A relevant, original title hints at the focus of the essay.



Essay has an original title.



Essay has no TITLE or simply labels the essay with such words as Character Analysis


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Presentation

Essay meets all these requirements: Word-processed, double-spaced, size 12 font, 1” margins with the I.D. number, name, section number, and date listed across the top of the page in the header. See above

Essay meets all but one of the listed requirements.

Essay meets all but two of the listed requirements.


Essay meets very few of the listed requirements.


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10—EXEMPLARY


8—PROFICIENT

6–PARTIALLY PROFICIENT

4—LITTLE EFFORT





Lead

Introductory paragraph begins with at least one interesting, engaging fact that “hooks” the reader and provides a smooth, logical transition to the thesis statement.




Introductory paragraph begins with at least one interesting fact that “hooks” the reader and provides a transition to the thesis statement.




Introductory paragraph provides a transition to the thesis statement.





Introductory paragraph has little or no lead.

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Thesis

Statement


Introductory paragraph ends with a well-written, succinct thesis statement that specifically answers a research question.



Introductory paragraph has a well-written thesis statement that specifically answers a research question.


Introductory paragraph includes a clear thesis statement that relates somewhat to a research question.


Introductory paragraph does not include a clear thesis statement.


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Topic Sentences

Each body paragraph begins with a topic sentence that provides a smooth transition from the thesis statement to the topic of that paragraph.

Each body paragraph includes a topic sentence that provides a transition from the thesis statement to the topic of that paragraph.

Each body paragraph includes a topic sentence.

Body paragraphs do not include a topic sentence.



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Body Paragraph #1

First body paragraph gives specific and detailed explanation, examples, and/or evidence to support its topic sentence.


First body paragraph gives specific explanation, examples, or evidence to support its topic sentence.


First body paragraph gives some information to support its topic sentence.

First body paragraph gives minimal information.



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Body Paragraph #2

Second body paragraph gives specific and detailed explanation, examples, or evidence to support its topic sentence.


Second body paragraph gives specific explanation, examples, or evidence to support its topic sentence.


Second body paragraph gives some information to support its topic sentence.

Second body paragraph gives minimal information.


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Body Paragraph

#3

Third body paragraph gives specific and detailed explanation, examples, or evidence to support its topic sentence.

Note: If there is no third body paragraph, the first and second body paragraphs will count 15 points each instead of 10.




Third body paragraph gives specific explanation, examples, or evidence to support its topic sentence.


Third body paragraph gives some information to support its topic sentence.

Third body paragraph gives minimal information.



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Conclusion


Conclusion clearly and coherently, with new wording, reminds reader of key points discussed in the essay and leaves the reader with a thoughtful observation regarding the significance of the research.


Conclusion, with new wording, reminds reader specifically of key points.

Conclusion reminds reader of key points discussed in the essay.

Conclusion brings the essay to a close.




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Sentence Fluency


Sentences flow smoothly and are varied in structure. There are no run-on sentences or sentence fragments.

Sentences are varied in structure. There are no run-on sentences or sentence fragments.

Sentences demonstrate a basic understanding of good sentence structure. There may be run-on sentences or sentence fragments.

Sentences demonstrate very little, if any, understanding of good sentence structure. There may be some run-on sentences or sentence fragments.



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Conventions


There are so few errors that you have to hunt for them

There are some noticeable mistakes that still need some proofreading and correction.

There are numerous errors in the essay that require major proofreading and correction.

The essay is difficult to understand because of the many errors.


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TOTAL POINTS _____/100
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