Ms. Hyde’s E6 Descriptive Essay Rubric
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Title Title is creative, sparks interest Title is related to the topic Title is present. No title present.
and is related to the topic. but needs to be more
Introduction (Organization) The introduction is inviting, The introduction clearly The introduction states the There is no clear introduction of
states the main topic, previews states the main topic and main topic, but does not the main topic or structure of the
the structure of the paper, and previews the structure of the adequately preview the paper. No lead is used.
includes a well-written, clever paper, but is not particularly structure of the paper nor is it
lead that is related to the essay’s inviting to the reader. A particularly inviting to the
topic which attracts the reader’s well-written lead is used to reader. A lead is used but is
attention. attract the reader’s attention. not particularly attractive to
the reader or does not relate to
Focus on Topic (Content) There is one clear, well-focused Main idea is clear but the Main idea is somewhat clear The main idea is not clear. There
topic. Main idea stands out and is supporting information is but there is a need for more is a seemingly random collection
supported by detailed general. Topic sentences are supporting information. Topic of information.
information. Well-written topic used in each paragraph. sentences are used in most Topic sentences appear in few or
sentences are used in each 5-7 paragraphs. none of the paragraphs.
Supporting Information/ Several relevant, telling, quality Supporting details and Supporting details and Supporting details and
Details details give the reader important information are relevant, but information are relevant, but information are typically unclear
information that allow the reader one key issue or part of the several key issues or are or not related to the topic. There
to picture, smell, feel, hear or description is unsupported. unsupported. There are details are no or barely any vivid details
imagine tasting things described. There are a few vivid details but they do not help the reader in the essay.
in the essay. imagine they are involved.
Adding Personality (Voice) The writer seems to be writing The writer seems to be The writer relates some of his The writer has not tried to
from knowledge or experience. drawing on knowledge or own knowledge or experience, transform the information in a
The author has taken the ideas experience, but there is some but it adds nothing to the personal way.
and made them "his/her own." lack of ownership of the discussion of the topic.
Sentence Structure All sentences are well- Most sentences are well- Most sentences are well- Sentences do not have structure
constructed without using constructed with complete constructed but some are run- and are incomplete or rambling.
repetitive ideas throughout. thoughts. ons or are not descriptive.
Sequencing (Organization) Details and transition words and Details and transition words Some details and transition Many details are not in a logical
phrases are placed in a logical and phrases are placed in a words and phrases are not in a or expected order. There is little
order and the way they are logical order, but the way in logical or expected order, and sense that the writing is
presented effectively keeps the which they are presented this distracts the reader. organized. The transitions
interest of the reader. makes the writing less between ideas are unclear or
Conclusion (Organization) The conclusion is strong and The conclusion is The conclusion is There is no clear conclusion, the
leaves the reader with a feeling recognizable and ties up recognizable, but does not tie paper just ends.
that he/she understands the almost all the loose ends. up several loose ends.
writer’s point of view.