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iRubric: 8th Grade ELA Argumentative Essay Rubric

iRubric: 8th Grade ELA Argumentative Essay Rubric

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8th Grade ELA Argumentative Essay Rubric built by cstaab

Rubric Code: S889X7
The attached rubric supports Writing Standard 1 under the Common Core State Standards. This rubric was specifically designed with Community House Middle School in mind.
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Categories: Subjects: Humanities  
Types: Writing  
Grade Levels: 6-8

Powered by iRubric CHMS Argumentative Essay Rubric
100 %
100 pts
86 pts
73 pts
Not Yet Demonstrated
60 pts
Intro / Thesis
15 % Background/History
Defining Problem
Thesis Statement

Well-developed introduction engages the reader and creates interest. Contains detailed background information and a clear explanation of the problem. Thesis clearly states a significant and compelling position.

Introduction creates interest and contains background information. Thesis clearly states a problem and the writer's position is evident.

Introduction adquately explains the background of the problem, but may lack clarity. thesis staes a problem, but writer's position may not be evident.
Not Yet Demonstrated

Background details are a random collection of information, are unclear, and may be loosely related to the topic. Thesis / position is vague or not stated.
Argumentative Points
40 % Body Paragraphs

Well-developed argumentative points directly support the writer's thesis / position. Supporting examples are concrete and detailed. Commentary is logical and well-thought-out. Refutation acknowledges opposing viewpoints clearly and skillfully. Conclusion revisits the thesis in a new way and applies the writer's position universally.

Most argumentative points are related to the thesis, but one may lack sufficient support or deviates from thesis. Refutation acknowledges opposing viewpoint(s) with some logic and clarity. Conclusion summarizes thesis and key points with some "fresh" commentary present.

More than one argumentative point lacks sufficient details and support. Writer attempts to address one or more opposing arguments, but the writer may not refute the opposition clearly or adquately. Conclusion mirrors introduction too closely, with little or no new commentary on the writer's thesis / position.
Not Yet Demonstrated

Most argumentative points are poorly developed. Refutation is missing or vague. Commentary is not present. Conclusion does not re-visit the thesis or summarize key argumentative point(s).
15 % Structure

Logical progression of ideas with a clear structure that enhances the thesis. Transition are smooth and provide coherence between and among ideas.

Logical progression of ideas. Transitions are present throughout essay and provide adequate coherence between and among ideas.

Organization is clear. Transitions are present, but may not lend to coherence between and among ideas.
Not Yet Demonstrated

No disceernable organization. Transition are not present.
Style & Conventions
20 % Syntax
Spelling, Punctuation, Capitalization

Writing is smooth, skillful, and coherent. Sentences are strong and expressive with varied structure. Diction is consistent and words are well-chosen. The tone is highly consistent with writer's position / thesis and appropriate throughout essay. Punctuation, spelling, & capitalization are accurate with few or no errors.

Writing is clear and sentences have some varied structure. Diction is appropriate. Tone is generally consistent with writer's position / thesis and is appropriate throughout essay. Punctuation, spelling, & capitalization are generally accurate, with some errors.

Writing is clear, but sentences may lack variety. Diction is sometimes inconsistent and/or inappropriate at various points in essay. Tone may be inconsistent with writer's position / thesis. Several errors in punctuation, spelling, & capitalization.
Not Yet Demonstrated

Writing is confusing and hard to follow. Contains fragments and/or run-on sentences. Diction is inappropriate and inconsistent throughout essay. Tone of piece is highly inconsistent with writer's position / thesis. Many errors in punctuation, spelling, & capitalization distract reader.
10 % Use of Sources
Relevance &Reliability

Evidence from sources is smoothly and logically integrated into essay and serves to add credibility & insight into writer's position / thesis. All sources are cited accurately adn are highly relevant and reliable.

Evidence from source(s) is integrated into the text. Most sources are cited accurately and are generally relevant and reliable.

Some source material is used and may or may not lend credibility to writer's position / thesis. Several sources may not be cited accurately. Relevance and reliability may be questionable.
Not Yet Demonstrated

Little or no source material is used. Source citations are not evident or may be highly inaccurate. Relevance and/or reliability are strongly in question.

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