Writing Rubric - Paragraphs

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Writing Rubric - Paragraphs

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| |Beginner |Intermediate |Writer |Advanced |Expert |

| |Not indented |Not indented |Indented |Indented |Indented |

| |Many spelling and |Some spelling and punctuation |Some spelling and punctuation mistakes |Few spelling and punctuation mistakes. |No spelling or punctuation mistakes. |

|Conventions |punctuation mistakes |mistakes | |“Third grade” words are spelled correctly |Work is carefully proofread |

|Sentences |All sentences start or |Most sentences start or end the |Most sentences start or end the same |Sentences start different ways and some end |Sentences start different ways and some |

| |end the same way. |same way. |way. |different ways. |end different ways. |

| |There are many |There are some incomplete or |There are no run on or incomplete |There are no run on or incomplete sentences. |There are no run on or incomplete |

| |incomplete or run-on |run-one sentences. |sentences. | |sentences. |

| |sentences. | | | | |

|Topic sentence |The reader cannot tell |The reader can tell the main idea|There is a topic sentence that |The topic sentence of the paragraph is |The topic sentence of the paragraph is |

| |the main idea from the |from the topic sentence but the |introduces the main idea of the |interesting. The topic sentence may be a firm |interesting. |

| |topic sentence or there |word “because’ is used in the |paragraph. |statement or a question to interest the reader. |The writer tried to introduce the topic |

| |is none. |topic sentence. | | |by using descriptive language or a SASSY |

| | | | | |sentence beginning. |

|Vocabulary |Common words such as |Common words such as “like” and |Common words such as “like” and “fun” |The writer used colorful words (adjectives) and |The writer used colorful words |

| |“like” and “fun” are |“fun” are used, but in addition |are replaced with better vocabulary. |specific action words (verbs) to enhance the |(adjectives) and specific action words |

| |used. |to better vocabulary. | |writing. |(verbs) to enhance the writing. |

| | | | | |The writer used a simile. |

|Support |None of the sentences |None of the sentences support the|Some of the sentences support the main |Most of the sentences support the main idea. |All of the sentences support the main |

|Sentences |support the main idea. |main idea. |idea. |The format is correct. |idea. |

| |The format is wrong (a |The format is correct. |The format is correct. |The message is clear and the ideas were |The format is correct. |

| |story, not a paragraph) | |The message is clear. |well-thought out. |The message is clear and the ideas were |

| | | | | |well-thought out. |

| |There is no closing |There is a closing sentence, but |There is a closing sentence that |There is a closing sentence that restates the main|There is a closing sentence that restates|

|Closing Sentence |sentence. |it ends with “that’s how, that’s |restates the main idea of the paragraph.|idea of the paragraph in an interesting or |the main idea of the paragraph in an |

| | |why, “ etc. to restate the main | |exciting way (think exclamation or question) |interesting or exciting way using a SASSY|

| | |idea. | | |sentence. |

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