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Non-fiction Research Essay 
Multi-Paragraph Rubric: Research Essay
Rubric Code: Y246B26
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Subject: Humanities  
Type: Writing  
Grade Levels: 6-8, 9-12

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  Emergent

1 pts

Developing

2 pts

At Level

3 pts

Above Level

4 pts

Introduction

Emergent

Introduction does not introduce topic.
Developing

Introduction attempts to introduce topic. There are less than 3 sentences. Points (Hook, background, thesis) are not obvious.
At Level

Introduction has all 3 parts and introduces topic, but may be too vague, wordy, or specific.
Above Level

Introduction is concise and introduces topic in a general but interesting way.
Thesis

Emergent

No thesis provided.
Developing

There is some evidence of thesis, but it is confusing, or the order of the thesis does not match the body paragraphs.
At Level

Thesis is somewhat clear, but could be worded better to create a guide for the paper.
It is related to the rest of essay.
Above Level

Thesis is thorough and stated clearly, and provides parallel support for the body of the essay.
Body Paragraphs

Emergent

No full paragraphs are present.
Developing

Body paragraphs do not match the thesis, do not match the topic clearly, do not have a topic sentence, evidence, and/or supports.
At Level

At least 2 body paragraphs are full (topic sentences, evidence, supports, concluding statements) and the meanings are comprehensible.
Above Level

At least 2 body paragraphs are full (topic sentences, evidence, supports, concluding statements). Paragraphs are ordered well and the subject matter sounds clear and professional.
Conclusion

Emergent

No conclusion is apparent in the essay.
Developing

Conclusion may be attempted, but does not summarize or restate thesis.
At Level

Conclusion provides a summary of supporting points: it is wordy or does not restate the thesis.
Above Level

Conclusion is concise and summarizes supporting points: restates the thesis in a new way.
Research

Emergent

Shows little or no research and shows a lack of understanding of the topic.
Developing

Did some research and attempted to create use it in the writing.
At Level

Good research is evident and used to explain the topic.
Above Level

Presents thorough research and combines the research with own ideas to explain topic well.
Mechanics

Emergent

Errors are glaring, making the essay difficult to read. Verb tense changes.
Writing is jumbled and confusing. 11+ errors.
Developing

Flow of writing is hard to follow.
Some minor verb tense errors. Some errors detract from the flow of paper. 7-10 errors.
At Level

Some errors found but they do not detract from the flow of the paper.
The writing is generally clear, but some sentence structure or vocabulary usage problems. 4-6 errors.
Above Level

Few or no errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Strong vocabulary and sentence structure.
Writing is clear and easy to understand. 3 or less errors are present.
APA citations for evidence

Emergent

In-text citations are not present.
Developing

In-text citations are present, but need rewording for clarification. Citation(s) may be misused or inserted with incorrect grammar. Punctuation may be formatted incorrectly.
At Level

In-text citations are present and the meaning is clear, but punctuation may be formatted incorrectly.
Above Level

In-text citations are present, clear, contribute to the overall meaning, enhance comprehension for the reader, and are correctly formatted.





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