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Expository Essay: Middle School 
Rubric Code: T23986C
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Subject: English  
Type: Writing  
Grade Levels: 6-8


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  Poor

1 pts

Fair

2 pts

Good

3 pts

Excellent

4 pts

Thesis Statement

Poor

The thesis statement is not present or incorrect
Fair

My thesis statement
answers the prompt, but is simple or unclear.
Good

My thesis statement is
clear and answers the
prompt.
Excellent

My thesis statement is
clear, thoughtful, and
answers the prompt.
Transition Words

Transition words should be used at the beginning of each paragraph to ensure the ideas flow.

Poor

Student does not use transition words to break up ideas/paragraphs.
Fair

Transition words are used but are ineffective or incorrect.
Good

I use transition words to break up most of my paragraphs/ideas.
Excellent

I use transition words to break up each of my paragraphs.
Supporting Paragraphs

Each supporting paragraph has specific,interesting details and a topic sentence.

Poor

The supporting paragraphs are ineffective and do not correspond to the thesis statement. Lacks detail.
Fair

There are less than three supporting paragraphs that support the thesis statement. Some good details are present, but there could be more.
Good

There are three supporting paragraphs that support the thesis statement.There is strong supporting detail in each paragraph.
Excellent

There are more than 3 supporting paragraphs presented in logical order that work to support the writer's thesis statement.
Excellent detail.
Language and Tone

Paper should be written with appropriate language and tone for intended audience but also show writer's unique voice.

Poor

The language and tone are inappropriate for the intended audience.
Fair

I write my essay with no
thought to the audience.
My tone is inconsistent or does not represent formal essay writing language.
Good

I consider an audience,
but not consistently
throughout the essay. My own personal voice still comes through at times.
Excellent

My language and tone
are clearly appropriate
to my specific audience. My own personal style and voice are evident in my essay.
Grammar/Spelling/Mechanics

Does the paper indicate that the writer has control of the rules of spelling, grammar and mechanics

Poor

The paragraph contains 6 or more errors in usage, spelling and mechanics.
Fair

The paragraph contains 3 to 5 errors in usage, spelling and mechanics.
Good

The paragraph contains 1 or 2 errors in usage, spelling and mechanics.
Excellent

The paragraph contains no errors in usage, spelling, and mechanics.




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