Monday, January 18, 2016

Rubric for Informational Writing

Concerns (1)
Areas that need work:
Proficient (3)
To reach proficiency you must complete the following:
Advanced (5)
You exceeded the standards!

You must have an INTRODUCTION that contains
o Hook
o Background
o Thesis Sentence with Central Idea
o Thesis includes your 2 or 3 main supporting details (subtopics)

You must have 2 or 3 BODY PARAGRAPHS that contain
o Transitions for each new paragraph
o A topic sentence for each new paragraph introducing your subtopic to your audience
o 2+ pieces of information for each subtopic
o Elaboration for each of your subtopics

                       You must use and
         Cite at least 2 Sources
¨ You may quote, paraphrase, or summarize.
¨  Use informal or parenthetical citation.
¨ At the end of your essay include an MLA citation for each source you used.
(Works Cited List) 

You must have a final paragraph that is your CONCLUSION, including
o A concluding transition
o A restated version of your central idea
o A brief summary of your 2 subtopics
o Your conclusion wraps up your essay

You must use correct English CONVENTIONS.
o Capitalization
o Punctuation
o Spelling
o Grammar/Usage

You must have FORMAL STYLE.
o You must present information on a focused topic. (This is the purpose of an informational  paper.)
o You must address the correct audience
o You may NOT use “I” or “You”
o Do NOT use contractions, slang, or exclamation points.
o Use academic vocabulary pertaining to the subject of your informational writing.

Rubric for an Informational Essay