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Expository Writing Scoring Rubric

Use this rubric with all expository, persuasive, and procedural texts
Beginning

Organization and Progression

Trait
Organization
Does the organizational
structure enhance the ideas
and make it easier to
understand?

Clear Central Idea

Ideas

Ideas Flow Logically


Did the writer organize their
ideas in a way that makes
sense?

Would you keep reading this


piece if it were longer?

Effective Word Choice


Do the words and phrases
provide clarity?

Varied Sentences
Can you hear the words and
phrases flow together if you
were to read it aloud?

I wrote an organized expository


essay that was easy to read
because my information was
organized.

I wrote a strong, focused


expository piece.
My writing flowed and every
sentence is connected and made
sense.

I dont have a central idea.

My central idea was unclear.

The reader knew the point I was


trying to make because my central
idea was clear.

My ideas were disconnected.


I didnt have transitions, and I
repeated myself a lot.
This was hard to follow. Even I felt
lost.
My details and examples were

I made a list of ideas.


My transitions were weak. (First, Next,
Last)
There was some repetition in my
writing.
My details and examples were hard to

I explained all of my ideas.


My transitions were meaningful.
My thoughts connected to each
other.

My central idea was crystal


clear.
All of my ideas were focused on
the topic.
I completely explained each of
my ideas.
My strong transitions helped the
writing flow.

missing.

I explained my details, facts, and


understand.
examples.
I only had a few details. I needed to say
more.

I chose my details and


examples that were meaningful
and helped to clarify my overall
message.

I didnt put much effort into my writing, My ideas were not original.
I just wanted to be done.
I did not put much thought into my
writing.

My piece was original, thoughtful,


and sounded interesting.

Everyone wanted to read this.


My writing could be published in
a book.

I didnt have a picture in my mind of


what I was talking about.

I used descriptive words.


I chose my words carefully.

I carefully chose powerful and


engaging words.
My writing was original.
My words painted a vivid picture
for the reader.

I used complete sentences that


flow and connect my ideas.

I used well-crafted sentences.


My sentences were different
lengths and began in many
different ways.

I understood how conventions


made my writing clear, and I paid
attention to them.
You wont find many spelling
errors except in very hard words.

I paid careful attention to


conventions to make sure my
writing was clear.
I checked over my spelling, and
you would have trouble finding
mistakes.

I didnt really have any interesting


words in my writing, I just put down
whatever came to mind.

My sentences were incomplete.


My sentences were choppy and short.
I wrote mostly run-on sentences.
I wrote some run-on sentences.
All of my sentences started the same
way.

There were lots of spelling,


Appropriate Punctuation, capitalization, punctuation, and
grammar mistakes in my writing that
Grammar, & Spelling
How much editing would have made it difficult for my reader to
to be done to be ready to share understand.

I had quite a few capitalization,


punctuation, and grammar mistakes in
my writing.
I was not very good at catching my
own mistakes.

with an outside source?

Score

Exceed Expectations

I tried to write an expository piece


but my information was not always in
order.

Do the writers details and


examples connect and clarify
the overall message?

Thoughtful and
Engaging

Meets Expectations

I did not write an expository essay


that addressed the prompt.

Did I stay on topic and was my


message clear?

Use of Appropriate
Details and Examples

Use of Language and Conventions

Developing

8,9,10,11,12

13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20

21, 22,23,24,25,26,27,28

29, 30, 31, 32