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iRubric: How-to Essay rubric

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How-to Essay

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Rubric Code: PX9W666
A How-to Essay is a written, step-by-step explanation of a process. Choose a process that you enjoy and write a how-to essay that will help readers perform the process, even if it's something they've never done before.
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Categories: Subjects: English   Humanities  
Types: Writing  
Grade Levels: 6-8

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A How-to Essay is a written, step-by-step explanation of a process. Choose a process that you enjoy and write a how-to essay that will help readers perform the process, even if it's something they've never done before.
  Excellent
4 pts
Good
3 pts
Fair
2 pts
Poor
1 pts
Organization
Excellent

The introduction contains a clearly stated topic sentence (in a paragraph) or clearly stated thesis sentence (in an essay); the body fully and clearly explains the steps involved in doing or making something; the conclusion effectively ends the writing with the last step, with the author's perspective on the activity, or with a clincher statement.
Good

The introduction contains a topic sentence (in a paragraph) or thesis sentence (in an essay); the body explains the steps involved in doing or making something; the conclusion presents the last step or another logical ending.
Fair

The introduction contains a topic sentence (in a paragraph) or thesis sentence (in an essay), but the sentence may be unclear, imprecise, or undeveloped; the body explains only some of the steps involved in doing or making something; the conclusion does not present the last step or any other logical reflection on the process.
Poor

The introduction lacks a topic sentence (in a prapgraph) or thesis sentence (in an essay); the body does not break the process into steps; the conclusion is missing or repetitive.
Elements of How-to Writing
Excellent

The overall purpose is clear; the steps are presented in the order in which they are performed; transitional words and phrases that show order are used effectively; the writing is tailored to the audience. Word choice is consistently precise.
Good

The purpose is generally clear; most steps are presented in the order in which they are performed; transitional words and phrases that show order are used; the writing is generally focused on the audience. Most word choices are precise.
Fair

The purpose is unclear; steps may be presented out of order; the writing lacks transitional words and phrases that show order; the writing does not address teh intended audience. Most word choices are imprecise, redundant, or confusing.
Poor

No purpose is apparent. The writing does not address the intended audience. Word choices are imprecise, redundant, or confusing.
Conventions
Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, and Spelling
Excellent

There are few or no errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling.
Good

There are some errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling.
Fair

Errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling interfere with the audience's understanding of the process.
Poor

Serious and numerous errors in mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling block the audience's understanding of the process.
Using Trasitions
Excellent

The writer consistently uses transitions, including time transitions that clarify the order of events.
Good

The writer generally uses transitions effectively, but the order of events is slightly confusing.
Fair

The essay is not logically organized, and some vital information has been left out.
Poor

The essay shows no signs of organization and lacks vital information.



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