Rubric for Thesis Statement
• Does the thesis stay within the topic of the
• Does the thesis statement provide three
areas for discussion?
Paragraph 1: Introduction
Your Introduction Paragraph must include the
•Title (novels are italicized)
•Some Background of the plot
•Any other important information (lit. terms)
Rubric for Introduction Paragraph
1. Is the title included and italicized (The Outsiders)?
2. Is the author’s name mentioned?
3. Does the topic sentence generally, briefly tell the
topic of the paper?
4. Does the introduction paragraph include some
background of the plot (1-2 sentences)?
5. If needed, does the introduction paragraph include
other important information, including the definition
of relevant literary terms or stereotypes of groups?
6. Does the introductory paragraph contain a thesis
statement that relates to the topic and that sets up
three points to be discussed in the body of the
• Use the graphic organizer to plan body
paragraphs one, two and three (these are
paragraphs two, three and four in the
• Each paragraph must contain the following
– A topic sentence (topic refers back to thesis)
– a quote
– two supporting sentences
– A conclusion sentence
How do I include a quote?
• Your quote should help prove your point.
• Quotes CANNOT stand alone as a
– Incorrect- Johnny writes Ponyboy a letter
reminding him to stay optimistic. “Stay gold,
– Correct- Johnny writes Ponyboy a letter
reminding him to stay optimistic. The letter
reads, “Stay gold, Ponyboy” (148).
– ALL QUOTES MUST HAVE PAGE NUMBERS IN
PARENTHESES (AFTER THE QUOTATION MARKS, BEFORE
Use transitions when you begin a new
paragraph. Some transitions include the
In the beginning, After …,
In the same way, However,
Throughout the novel, For this reason,
In the end, Although…,
Finally, As a result,
Rubric for body paragraphs
1) Did the paragraph begin with a transition?
2) Was there a topic sentence that referred
back to one part of the thesis?
3) Did a supporting sentence introduce the
4) Did the paragraph contain a quote?
5)Did a supporting sentence explain the
importance of the quote?
6) Is there a conclusion sentence?
• Based of all of the evidence, what does the
paper prove? Why should a reader care?
• Appropriate ways to begin the end:
• In the end,
• As a result,
• Begins with a topic sentence that clearly
relates to the topic, or issue, or problem, that
was identified in the introductory paragraph.
• A statement much like your thesis statement.
• Several sentences that revisit points from
your introductory paragraph and your body
paragraphs. These points now serve to close
• A final comment, or intellectual conclusion of
sorts that points out the larger significance of
your argument. Give a statement of theme.
Rubric for Conclusion
• Does the paragraph begin with a topic