The Lincoln High School Basic Paragraph by t9839202

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									The Lincoln High School Basic Paragraph                           Name_________________________________
                                                                      Date_________________ Period______

      Begins with a clear topic sentence that introduces the paragraph’s main idea.
      (The main idea might be the answer to a question.)
      Includes facts and/or examples that support the main idea. These are called concrete details.
      Includes commentary sentences that explain what the concrete details mean and why they are important.
      Follows the rules of Standard English conventions. This means:

            •   Every sentence is a complete sentence.
            •   Words are spelled and used correctly.
            •   Punctuation is properly applied.


INSTRUCTIONS:
Write a five-paragraph essay on: __________________________________________________________________________
Use the bubbles below to map your thoughts. Place one concrete example in each bubble. Then follow the essay organizer
to develop your paragraphs. Make sure that each paragraph meets the standards of the Lincoln HS Basic Paragraph as



                                               TOPIC GOES HERE
                                                                Name_________________________________
ESSAY ORGANIZER                                                     Date_________________ Period______
Introduction:


Write your introduction in this box. It should present the topic of your essay to your readers, and give just enough
information to make them want to continue reading the rest of it. Try stating your introduction in three parts (from
your bubble organizer) that can be handled in three paragraphs conveniently.

    Body (sample paragraph structures)

Topic Sentence #1                       Transition Topic Sentence #2            Transition Topic Sentence #3


Concrete detail or example to           Concrete detail or example to           Concrete detail or example to
support your topic sentence #1          support your topic sentence #2          support your topic sentence #3

Concrete detail or example to           Comment #1 to support your              Concrete detail or example to
support your topic sentence #1          example                                 support your topic sentence #3

Comment #1 to support your              Concrete detail or example to           Concrete detail or example to
example                                 support your topic sentence #2          support your topic sentence #3

Comment #2 to support your              Comment #2 to support your              Comment #2 to support your
example                                 example                                 example and transition to your
                                                                                conclusion

   Conclusion:

Write your conclusion here. This should restate your introduction (in other words), and answer the question, "So
what?" - What is important about what you have written? What should the reader think or do as a result of reading
your essay?
Using the Essay Organizer as a guide, fill in the boxes below with the
proper type of sentences. Then write your essay in paragraph form on     Name_________________________________
a separate sheet of paper.                                                   Date_________________ Period______

Introduction:




Topic Sentence #1                             Topic Sentence #2                     Topic Sentence #3




Conclusion:
                                                                                              Name_________________________________
 Rubric for the Five-Paragraph Essay                                                              Date_________________ Period______

     CATEGORY 4 = Exceeds the Standard            3 = Meets the standard         2 = Partially meets the        1 = Attempted but does          0 = Not attempted                Score
                                                                                 standard                       not meet the standard
Introduction     There is a well-focused          Introduction clearly states    Introduction is somewhat       Introduction does not           No introduction is present
(Organization)   Thesis Statement that            the main topic, adequately     clear, but only partially      address the writing prompt.
                 introduces the essay and         addressing the writing         addresses the writing
                 clearly addresses all            prompt                         prompt
                 elements of the writing
                 prompt.
Support for      Each body paragraph              Each body paragraph            Topic sentence is stated in    Topic sentence is weak.         No topic sentence is present
Thesis           contains a topic sentence        contains a topic sentence      some body paragraphs.          Supporting details and          OR no concrete details are
(Concrete        and relevant, telling, quality   that is adequately supported   Supporting details are         information are typically       present. The paragraph
Details)         concrete details that give the   by relevant concrete details   relevant, but some key         unclear or not related to the   contains no facts, details, or
                 reader important information     Most supporting details        issues are unsupported.        topic. There is a seemingly     examples.
                 that goes beyond the obvious     serve to substantiate the      Support for the thesis         random collection of
                 or predictable. All supporting   thesis statement.              statement is weak.             information Thesis
                 details serve to substantiate                                                                  statement lacks proof.
                 the thesis statement.
Commentary       Essay contains explanation,      Essay contains explanation,    Essay contains explanation,    Essay contains explanation,     No commentary is present.
                 analysis, discussion,            analysis, discussion,          analysis, discussion,          analysis, discussion,           The paragraph contains no
                 comparison and/or contrast       comparison and/or contrast     comparison and/or contrast     comparison and/or contrast      attempt to explain, discuss,
                 that demonstrates mastery        that logically supports the    that is weak, incomplete, or   that is off topic or            analyze, evaluate, compare
                 and depth of understanding.      concrete details               partially illogical.           completely illogical.           and/or contrast the factual
                                                                                                                                                information (concrete
                                                                                                                                                details) it presents.
Conclusion       The conclusion is strong and     The conclusion is logical  The conclusion is logical,         Conclusion is illogical         There is no clear
(Organization)   logical; provides a clear        and adequately answers the but does not answer the                                            conclusion, the paper just
                 answer to the question, “So      question, “So what?”       question, “So what?”                                               ends.
                 what?”
Conventions      The essay contains no errors The essay contains 1 or 2          The essay contains 3 or 4      The essay is readable, but      The essay is unreadable
Grammar, Usage   in grammar, word usage or    errors in grammar, word            errors in grammar, word        contains 5 or more errors in    because of errors in
& Sentence       sentence structure.          usage or sentence                  usage or sentence              grammar, word usage or          grammar, word usage or
Structure                                     structure.                         structure.                     sentence structure.             sentence structure.
Conventions      Essay contains no errors in      Essay contains 1 or 2 errors Essay contains 3 or 4 errors The essay is readable, but          The essay is unreadable
Spelling &       spelling, capitalization or      in spelling, capitalization or in spelling, capitalization or contains 5 or more errors in    because of errors in
Punctuation      punctuation.                     punctuation.                   punctuation,                   spelling, capitalization or     spelling, capitalization or
                                                                                                                punctuation                     punctuation.




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