WRITING RUBRICS: These rubrics will be utilized to assess written responses and align with the district expectations and ELA standards.

  • Informative/Expository Rubric

     

    Domain

    Score 4 

    Score 3

     

    Score 2

    Score 1  

    0

     

     

     

     

    Purpose, Focus, and Organization

    Response is fully sustained, and consistently focused to TAP* with clear controlling idea and effective organizational structure creating coherence and completeness.

     

    The response includes most  of the following:

    ·  Strongly maintained controlling idea with little or no loosely related material

    ·  Skillful use of effective transitional strategies to clarify relationships between and among ideas

    ·  Logical progression of ideas from beginning to end with satisfying introduction and conclusion

    ·  Appropriate style and tone established and maintained

    Response is adequately sustained and generally focused to TAP*; and it has a clear controlling idea and evident organizational structure with a sense of completeness.

     

    The response includes most  of the following:

    ·  Controlling idea maintained, though some loosely related material may be present

    ·  Adequate use of a variety of transitional strategies clarify the relationships between and among ideas

    ·  Adequate progression of ideas from beginning to end with sufficient introduction and conclusion

    ·  Appropriate style and tone established

    Response is somewhat sustained within TAP*, but may include loosely related or extraneous material; and it may have controlling idea with inconsistent organizational structure. 

     

    The response includes most  of the following:

    ·  Focused controlling idea but insufficiently sustained or unclear

    ·  Inconsistent use of transitional strategies with little variety

    ·  Uneven progression of ideas from beginning to end with inadequate introduction and conclusion

    Response is related to topic but may show little/no awareness of TAP*; and it may have little or no controlling idea or discernible organizational structure.

     

    The response includes most  of the following:

    ·  Confusing or ambiguous ideas

    ·  Inappropriate/Few/No transitional strategies

    ·  Frequent extraneous ideas impeding understanding

    ·  Too brief to demonstrate knowledge of focus or organization

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Evidence and Elaboration

    Response provides thorough and convincing support, citing evidence for the controlling idea that includes effective use of sources, facts, and details.

    The response includes most  of the following:

     

    ·  Smoothly integrated, thorough, and relevant evidence, including precise references to sources

    ·  Effective use of various elaboration techniques that demonstrates understanding of topic and text (ex. quotations, definitions, examples)

    ·  Clear, effective expression of ideas, using precise language

    ·  Academic and domain-specific language clearly appropriate

    ·  Variety  of sentence structures

    Response provides adequate support, citing evidence for the controlling idea that includes use of sources, facts, and details. 

    The response includes most  of the following:

    ·  Generally integrated and relevant evidence from sources, though references may be general or imprecise

    ·  Adequate use of some elaboration techniques

    ·  Adequate expression of ideas with mix of precise/general language

    ·  Domain-specific vocabulary appropriate for audience and purpose

    ·  Some variation in sentence structures

    Response provides uneven, cursory support/evidence for controlling idea that includes partial use of sources, facts, and details. 

    The response includes most  of the following:

    ·  Weakly integrated evidence from sources, facts, and details; erratic or irrelevant

    ·  Repetitive or ineffective use of elaboration techniques

    ·  Imprecise  or simplistic expression of ideas

    ·  Some use of inappropriate domain-specific vocabulary

    ·  Limited variation in sentence structures

    Response provides minimal support/evidence for controlling idea, including little, if any, use of sources, facts, and details.

    The response includes most  of the following:

    ·  Minimal, absent, erroneous, or irrelevant evidence or citations from source material

    ·  Expression of ideas is vague, unclear, or confusing

    ·  Limited, often inappropriate, language or domain-specific vocabulary

    ·  Simple sentence structures

     

     

     

    Conventions of Standard English

     

     

    Response demonstrates adequate command of basic conventions.  *Response may include the following:

    ·  Some minor errors in usage but no patterns of errors

    ·  Adequate use of punctuation, capitalization, sentences and spelling

     

    Response demonstrates a partial command of basic conventions. *Response may include the following:

    ·  Various errors in usage

    Inconsistent use of punctuation, capitalization, sentences, and spelling

    Response demonstrates a lack of command of conventions.

    ·  Frequent and severe errors

    ·  Errors impede understanding

     

     *TAP = Topic, Audience, Purpose   /   Introductions and conclusions do not have to be paragraphs.