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Argumentative Essay Rubric built by aharrar

Rubric Code: QX96573
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Categories: Subjects: English  
Types: Writing  
Grade Levels: 9-12

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  Excellent
25 pts
Applying
18.75 pts
Developing
12.5 pts
Needs Improvement
6.25 pts
Ideas and Evidence
1 pts
This is where YOU are the writer, making decisions as to how YOU will include and sequence complex ideas, and develop specific individuals, ideas, or events over throughout your essay. (RI1.3)

You will also cite evidence to support your point of view and purpose. (RI1.1)
Excellent

The introduction engages the audience; the claim is precise and clearly states a position on an issue.

Logical reasons and relevant, sufficient evidence convincingly support the writer’s claim.

Opposing claims and counterclaims are developed fairly and thoroughly, and supported with relevant evidence.

The conclusion logically follows up on the main ideas of the argument and restates the claim.
Applying

The introduction could do more to grab the audience’s attention; the claim states a position on an issue but could be more precise.

Most reasons and evidence are relevant and support the writer’s claim.

Opposing claims and counterclaims are developed fairly, but their supporting evidence could be addressed more thoroughly.

The concluding section mostly follows up on the main ideas of the argument and restates the claim.
Developing

The introduction is not engaging; the claim identifies an issue, but the writer’s position is not clearly stated.

The reasons and evidence are not always logically connected to the writer’s claim.

Opposing claims are identified, but counterclaims are not developed fairly or addressed thoroughly.

The concluding section includes an incomplete summary of the main ideas and claim, and leaves loose ends for the audience.
Needs Improvement

The introduction is missing or does not include a claim.

Supporting reasons and evidence are missing or are not connected to the claim.

Opposing and counterclaims are neither identified nor developed.

The concluding section is missing.
Organization
1 pts
This is where YOU are the writer, making decisions as to how YOU will structure your essay to make your points clear, convincing, and engaging. (RI2.5)
Excellent

• Reasons and evidence are organized logically and consistently throughout the argument.

• Transitions create cohesion and logically connect evidence and reasons to the claim.
Applying

• The organization of reasons and evidence could be clearer in a few places, but it is mostly easy to follow.

• A few more transitions are needed to connect evidence and reasons to the claim; the text could be more coherent.
Developing

• The organization of reasons and evidence is weak in several places.

• More transitions are needed to connect evidence and reasons to the claim; the text is incoherent in some places.
Needs Improvement

• A logical organization is not used; reasons and evidence are presented randomly.

• Transitions are not used, making the argument incoherent and difficult to understand.
Language
1 pts
This is where YOU are the writer, to which YOU get to make the decisions about the words and phrases you will use including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings. (RI2.4)
Excellent

• The writing has an appropriately formal style and an objective tone.

• Persuasive techniques are used appropriately and effectively throughout the argument.

• Sentences have a variety of beginnings, lengths, and structures. They flow rhythmically.

• Spelling, capitalization, and punctuation are correct.

• Grammar and usage are correct.
Applying

• The style becomes too informal in a few places, and the tone is uneven.

• Some effective persuasive techniques are used.

• Sentences are correctly structured and complete, but could have more variety and flow.

• Some capitalization and punctuation mistakes occur.

• Some grammatical and usage errors are repeated in the argument.
Developing

• The style and tone are inconsistent, and the style becomes too informal in many places.

• Few effective persuasive techniques are used, or some techniques are used inappropriately.

• Sentence structures have very little variety, and some fragments or run-on sentences are present.

• Several spelling and capitalization mistakes occur, and punctuation is inconsistent.

• Grammar and usage are incorrect in many places, but the writer’s meaning is
Needs Improvement

• The style and tone are inappropriate for the argument.

• Persuasive techniques are missing or used inappropriately.

• Repetitive sentence structure, fragments, and run-on sentences make the writing hard to follow.

• Spelling and capitalization are often incorrect, and punctuation is missing.

• Many grammatical and usage errors change the meaning of ideas and make the writing hard to understand.
MLA Formatting
1 pts
To ensure that you are meeting this requirement, go to: www.owlpurdue.com to review the MLA guide.

In the least you essay should include:
*heading
*double spaced
*Font: Times New Roman
*Font: Size 12
*No extra spaces between paragraphs
*1" margins
*In-text citations
*Works Cited page
Excellent

7-8 formatting requirements were met.
Applying

5-7 formatting requirements were met.
Developing

2-4 formatting requirements were met.
Needs Improvement

0-1 formatting requirements were met.



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