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Essay Writing 
A rubric for writing an essay
Rubric Code: Y229C82
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Subject: English  
Type: Writing  
Grade Levels: K-5, 6-8


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Rubric for writing a five paragraph essay
  Beginning

20 pts

Developing

30 pts

Proficient

40 pts

Exemplary

50 pts

Five Paragraphs

an essay contains five paragraphs about the stories theme. The paragraphs are at least five sentences per paragraph.

Beginning

I don't have multiple paragraphs. I have one or two very long ones.
Developing

I have a few paragraphs but not the required 4-6 paragraphs. My paragraphs are not five sentences long. Some are longer than that. Some are shorter.
Proficient

I have written five paragraphs. I have indented for each and there are at least five sentences per paragraph.
Exemplary

I have written five very distinct paragraphs. I have indented for each and there are more than five sentences per paragraph.
Introduction

an essay contains an introduction that provides some background information that includes a time and a place; an opening statement; and the topics of the essay. A thesis that moves the reader into the body of the essay.

Beginning

I don't have an introduction. I just started writing about my topic.
Developing

I have an introduction but it's only one or two sentences long. I don't know if I have the time and the place. I wrote a brief statement that tells what my essay is about but it is not focused on the features of a theme.
Proficient

I have written an organized introduction. There is an opening statement and some background information. The topics to be discussed on the features are stated clearly. I have a thesis sentence that transitions to the first body paragraph.
Exemplary

I have written a very well-organized introduction. There is a clear thesis statement and background information. The features are stated very clearly and I have a very clear thesis statement that moves the reader into the first body paragraph.
Three Body Paragraphs

an essay contains three body paragraphs between the introduction and conclusion. Each has a topic sentence, supporting details, and a clincher. Each paragraph discusses theme in the literary works read/viewed.

Beginning

I don't have the required body paragraphs. I have one very long paragraph. The one that I did write doesn't have a topic sentence or a clincher. My paragraph has a few details about a feature.
Developing

I have some body paragraphs but I forgot to write a topic sentence and a clincher for each one. I have some details that support my opening statement and the features of a theme.
Proficient

I have at least 2-3 body paragraphs complete with topic sentences and clinchers. My details and evidence to support my topic sentences and my clinchers all repeat or reflect 2-3 key words of my topic sentences.
Exemplary

I have three well-crafted body paragraphs complete with topic sentences and clinchers. My evidence is carefully chosen to support my topic sentences. All clinchers repeat or reflect 2-3 key words of my topic sentences. I transition into the next paragraph.
Conclusion

an essay contains a concluding paragraph that restates the three topics, tells which is the most significant and why, and a final clincher that repeats the title and wraps up the features.

Beginning

I don't have a conclusion. I just stopped writing when I thought I was done.
Developing

I have a conclusion. It's just a sentence or two at the end of my essay. I didn't repeat any of my topic sentences. I don't have a final clincher that revisits my topic.
Proficient

I have a conclusion. I repeated the main features. I may have left out the thesis or some important points. I have indicated which is the most significant and included a brief statement as to why. My final clincher revisits the topic of my essay.
Exemplary

I have a well-crafted conclusion. I reworded the thesis and features from the introduction. I have indicated which is the most significant and included a brief statement as to why. My final clincher revisits the topic of my essay.
Mechanics

Always proofread and edit your writing before turning it in to avoid grammar and spelling errors.

Beginning

Several grammatical and/or spelling errors that deter from the point being made in the essay.
Developing

Some grammatical and/or spelling errors
Proficient

Few grammatical or spelling errors
Exemplary

No grammatical or spelling errors
MLA Formating

Evidence uses MLA format for:
Evidence cited
Title/heading of essay
Work cited page if additional sources are used for evidence

Beginning

I did not use MLA formating
Developing

I used MLA formatting ing for my heading but not my evidence
Proficient

I used MLA formatting for most of my essay, the heading and some of my evidence used the correct MLA formatting
Exemplary

MLA formatting was correctly used throughout my entire essay



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  • essay, thesis statement, topic sentence, details, clincher

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