4-Has a Fabulous hook.Hook ties into the thesis. Thesis is clear and states reasons clearly.
3-Has a good hook. Hook ties somewhat to the thesis. Thesis is clear .Reasons are somewhat stated.
2-Has a hook .Tie in is abrupt -doesn't flow. Thesis is unclear. Reasons are unclear.
1-Has no hook. Starts with the thesis.
4-Supportive paragraphs 2-3-4 start with casual transitions- sounds very natural/clever.
3-Supportive paragraphs 2-3-4 start with common transitions.
2-Supportive paragraphs 2-3-4 start with some transitions.
1-Supportive paragraphs don't start or have transitions.
Support for Topic (Content)
4-Paragraph 2-3-4 have topic sentence, elaborated examples, experiences, evidence, proof, and end with a closing sentence that summarizes the paragraphs.
3-Somewhat elaborated, but could use more examples or closing sentence.
2-Very Little elaboration, very repeated info. is given.
1-No elaboration, only stated the reason.
4-The conclusion refers back to the hook somehow, restates thesis differently and ends with a zinger that wows the reader.
3-The conclusion somewhat refers to hook. Thesis is restated with some variation, and ends with a zinger.
2-The conclusion does not refer back to hook . The thesis is mentioned, has no zinger.
1-There is no clear conclusion, the paper just ends.
4-Words choice is fabulous. Figurative language is used naturally. Words are not repeated at all.
3-Word choice is good. One figurative language is used. Some essential words are repeated.
2-Word choice is low level, figurative language is not used at all. Same words are used repeatedly.
1-Very limited and very low level words are used.No figurative language is used.
Sentence Structure (Sentence Fluency)
4-All sentences begin differently . Most sentences begin with participles( - ing words), adverbs( - ly words), and prepositional phrases (At dusk...)
3-Some sentences begin differently . Some begin with participles( - ing words,),adverbs (- ly words), and prepositional phrases (At dusk...)
2-Very little variety of sentence beginnings. Most start with subject- verb.(ex: She was upset. He did not talk to her.)
1-Many sentences begin with the same word. Seven or more.
Sentence Length (Sentence Fluency)
4-Most of the sentences vary in length. Some are long and others are short. If read aloud it would not sound robotic or drag on....
3-Some of the sentences vary length. Some are long and others are short. If read aloud it would sound somewhat robotic or drag on....
2-Many sentences are the same length and it sounds robotic or drags on....
1-All sentences are short . All sentences are long. Many sentences don't even have periods.
Adding Personality (Voice)
4-The writer sounds natural, as though they were talking directly to the reader. Has a "real" personality.
3-The writer sounds somewhat natural.
2-The writer sounds fake. Writing has little personality or feeling.
1-The writer simply answered the prompt, but the writing is bland and voiceless.
4-Great use of capitalization/ punctuation.
3-Good use of capitalization/punctuation.
2-Fair use of capitalization/punctuation.
1-Poor use of capitalization/punctuation.
Grammar & Spelling (Conventions)
4-No mistakes in spelling/grammar.
3-A few mistakes in spelling/ grammar. 1-4 mistakes.
2-Some mistakes in spelling / grammar. 5-6 mistakes.
1-Many mistakes in grammar/ spelling. More than 6 mistakes.