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RUBRIC

EXPOSITORY PARAGRAPH CRITERIA


Excellent/
Exceeds
Expectations

Proficient/ Meets
High Level of
Expectations

Satisfactory/ Meets
Minimum
Expectations

Limited/
Needs
Improvement

Thesis
Sentence

Position, topic and text


are clearly stated at the
beginning, and
consistently maintained.
Clear references to the
issue(s) are stated.

Position, topic and text


are clearly stated at the
beginning, and are
generally maintained.

Position, topic, and text


are stated at the
beginning, but the topic
is not maintained
throughout work.

Statement of position
cannot be determined or
is inappropriately placed.

Supporting
Information

Evidence clearly
supports the position;
evidence. Paragraph has
numerous clear
supporting detail
sentences that relate
back to the main idea.

Evidence clearly
supports the position;
but there is little
explanation or support of
the examples that relate
them back to the main
idea.

Argument is supported
by limited evidence.
Paragraph has some
supporting detail.

Evidence is unrelated to
argument. Paragraph has
little supporting detail
sentences that do not
relate back to the main
idea.

Concluding
Statement

Conclusion is clear,
complete, sums up the
paragraph and relates
back to the topic
sentence.

Conclusion is complete,
relates to the topic, but is
simple.

An attempt was made to


conclude, but is
incomplete or does not
relate to the topic.

Organization
and
Transitions

Structure of work is
clearly developed with
appropriate transitional
words or phrases to
connect ideas

Structure developed
reasonably well, but lacks
clarity. Transitional words
and phrases help connect
ideas.

Some attempt to
structure the argument
has been made, but the
structure is poorly
developed with poor use
of transitional words and
phrases.

Paragraph is free of
errors in punctuation,
capitalization, and
spelling

Paragraph has few errors


in punctuation,
capitalization, and
spelling errors.

Paragraph has frequent


punctuation,
capitalization, and
spelling errors.

Paragraph has numerous


and glaring punctuation,
capitalization, and
spelling errors.

Voice and word choices


are consistent and
distinctive, and are
appropriate to task and
audience. Vocabulary is
varied and interesting.

Voice and word choices


are clear and distinctive
but not consistently
appropriate to task.
Vocabulary is varied.

Voice and word choices


are mechanical and
formulaic or may be
inappropriate for
academic writing.
Vocabulary is somewhat
varied.

Voice is unclear and does


not come across as
authentic. Word choices
are inappropriate for an
academic piece of
writing. Vocabulary is
repetitive.

Mechanics and
Grammar

Voice

Teacher Comments:

No clear conclusion.

There is a total lack of


structure and poor use of
transitional words or
phrases.