Persuasive Essay Rubric


4

Advanced


3

Proficiency


2

Approaching Proficiency


1

Conditional


 Taking a Position  

Takes a clear thoughtful and persuasive position. Keen awearness of the audience is shown.

 
Takes a position and sticks to it, but postion is not clearly developed. Persuasiveness is lacking. Some awearness of the audience is shown.
 
Takes a position, but position is not clearly developed, or switches or fluctuates position. Some awearness of the audience is shown.
 
May or may not take a position and address the problem. Little or no awearness of the audience is shown.
Supporting position with information Position is richly supported with information form source materials.

Position is supported using information from source materials.

Response contains limited support, but does not use information from all source materials. Response offers little or no support from source materials or is coppied verbatim.
Development and writing supporting ideas
Supporting ideas are very well developed. Information is precisely accurate and relevant. Supporting ideas are generally well developed. Information is generally accurate and relevant.

Supporting ideas are few and onl somewhat developed. Some information is inaccurate or irrelevant.

Ideas may be emotional, inaccurate, irrelevant, or show misunderstanding.
Organization of writen response Response is unified, focused, well organized and contains one o more clear controlling ideas. Organization and control are sustained throughout the response. Response is adequately organized with at least one controlling idea. Digressions, if present, are not disruptive. Response lacks focus and a controlling idea or position. Digressions and or abrupt shifts in response interferes with meaning. Response lacks focus and a controlling idea or position. Response has little or no organization. Response has frequent digressions and abrupt shifts that interfere with meaning.

Expression, fluencey and transition

 

Ideas are clearly and effectivly developed. Writing is fluent and polished with effective transitions. Most ideas are clear and understandable. Writing is generally fluent with some use of transitions.

Some ideas may not be clearly expressed. Fluency and transitions are lacking.

Many ideas are difficult to understand. Fluency and transitions are non-existent.