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Descriptive Paragraph

  Derived from rubric: Illustrative Paragraph
built by rwalker51

Rubric Code: N28W26
Descriptive Paragraph scoring rubric.
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Keywords: Descriptive Paragraph, rubric, writing components
Categories: Subjects: English  
Types: Writing  
Grade Levels: Undergraduate

Powered by iRubric Criteria for Paragraph
  Poor
1 pts
Fair
2 pts
Good
3 pts
Excellent
4 pts
Introduction/Topic Sentence
Poor

The introduction/topic sentence does not introduce the topic, or it may not be a complete sentence.
Fair

Introduction/topic sentence introduces the topic, but it either does not give accurate and complete information, or it lacks detail and creativity.
Good

Introduction/topic sentence creates interest and is fairly well developed. But while it contains accurate and complete information regarding the topic being described, it is not very engaging.
Excellent

Very well developed introduction/topic sentence. It engages the reader and creates interest. Contains accurate and complete information regarding the topic to be described.
Details/Examples
Poor

Details/examples are either wrong or lacking. No vivid/sense language is used. There is no dominant impression created in the paragraph.
Fair

There are details/examples, but they are either unclear or not presented from general to specific. Vivid/sense language is not used effectively, or the details do not create a dominant impression in the paragraph.
Good

Details/examples are clear and presented from general to specific, but they are not well developed. Vivid/sense language is not used as effectively as it could be used to create imagery for the reader.
Excellent

Details/examples in the paragraph are clear and well developed, and there are enough details to create vivid images in the reader's mind with the use of vivid/ sense language that creates a dominant impression.
Organization/Structure
Poor

No discernable organization. Transitions are not present.
No sense language and no imagery.
Fair

Organization is clear. Some transitions are present, while others are either inappropriate or missing.
Good

Logical progression of details. Transitions are present, but they do not enhance the overall effectiveness of the paragraph.
Excellent

Logical progression of details with a clear structure that enhances the paragraph and provides a vivid description of the topic with appropriate and effective transitions.
Style: sentence flow, tone, and
word choice.
Poor

Writing is confusing and hard to follow. Contains fragments and/or run-on sentences. The tone and purpose is inconsistent and difficult to determine.
The word choice is inadequate.
Fair

Writing is clear, but sentences may lack variety. The tone is inconsistent and word choice, while adequate, could be better. While sense language is used, it is not very effective in creating imagery
Good

Writing is clear and sentences have varied structure. There is consistent tone and word choice is appropriate with fairly good use of sense language to create imagery.
Excellent

Writing is smooth, skillfull, and coherent. Sentences are strong and expressive with varied structure. Consistent and appropriate tone and word choice is used throughout the paragraph. Sense language is used to "show, not tell" the reader what is being described.
Mechanics
Poor

Distracting and major errors in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and capitalization.
Fair

A few errors in punctuation, grammar, spelling, and capitalization that. while distracting, the meaning and intent of the paragraph can still be discerned.
Good

A few minor errors in punctuation, spelling, grammar, or capitalization, but they do not detract from the overall meaning and effectiveness of the paragraph.
Excellent

No errors in punctuation, spelling, grammar, or capitalization.



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