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Science Argumentative Writing built by knightcsas

Rubric Code: HA5799
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Categories: Subjects: Science  
Types: Writing  
Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reason and relevant and sufficient evidence.
  Advancing
10 pts
Developing
7.5 pts
Poor
5 pts
Introduction
5 pts
Advancing

Introduction is engaging and outlines the ideas of the writing.
Developing

Introduction does not outline the claim, counterclaim, reasons and evidence.
Poor

Introduction is not a complete thought or is missing.
Claim
10 pts Takes a Position
Advancing

A precise developed claim is present. Explains the relevancy and importance of the topic.
Developing

A general claim is present. Acknowledges the relevance but does not explain the importance of the topic.
Poor

Claim is not present or it does not address relevance / significance of the topic. A convincing argument is not made.
Counterclaim
5 pts Addresses alternatives
Advancing

Explains the strengths and limitations of a distinguished relevant counterclaim.
Developing

There is not a clear distinction between the claim and counterclaim. Some minor errors are present in the counterclaim.
Poor

Counterclaim is not present or irrelevant.
Evidence
10 pts Develops ideas with examples (observations, data, analysis, research, etc.)
Advancing

Multiple pieces of evidence (observations and data, analysis, or research, etc.) are relevant, accurate and thoroughly explained.
Developing

Only one piece of evidence (observation or data) is used. Evidence has minor mistakes and is not explained in detail.
Poor

Evidence is wrong, repetitive or irrelevant.
Reasoning / Justification
10 pts Explains how the evidence supports the claim
Advancing

Claim is well-supported. Explains why the evidence was included and how the evidence supports the explanation.
Developing

Some reasons are more supported than others. Explains why the evidence was included or how the evidence supports the explanation but not both.
Poor

Specific reasoning for the claim is not stated. Makes simple assertion that the evidence “proves it” or it simply refers to the evidence without explaining it.
Science Content / Background
10 pts
Advancing

Accurate scientific information is included throughout the writing. Links evidence to an important concept or principle.
Developing

The topic is explained, but minor mistakes are made.
Poor

The topic is not developed and / or contains major mistakes.
Academic Vocabulary
10 pts
Advancing

Uses a variety of science vocabulary correctly.
Developing

Science vocabulary is used with minor mistakes in their definitions.
Poor

Science vocabulary is not used correctly.
Style and Organization
5 pts
Advancing

Formal style reflects an objective tone. Creates a logical structure with complete sentences and paragraphs. Focus is always on the claim. Grammar is used correctly. Transitions clarify relationships.
Developing

Formal style is inconsistent. Complete sentences are used but informal language is present. Main ideas are clear, but stray from the claim. Some grammatical mistakes are made. Transitions are used but do not connect ideas.
Poor

Formal style is not present. Complete sentences are not used. There is no specific focus. There are major grammatical mistakes. There are no transitions between ideas. There is no clarity in the writing.
Concluding Statement
5 pts
Advancing

Concluding statement supports the argument and explains implications. Statements are not just repeated from the introduction.
Developing

Provides a sense of closure. Concluding statement is present but the statement does not reflect the argument presented.
Poor

No concluding statement present that summarizes the argument.


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