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					                           ANALYTICAL PARAGRAPH SCORING RUBRIC
Keep in mind: These rubrics can apply to paragraphs in essays or paragraphs written in response to a single question. Good
analytical writing will follow this expanded “proposition/proof” pattern. In an essay, the Six Trait Rubric will be used to assess
Organization, Conventions, Sentence Fluency, Voice and Word Choice. This rubric will help shape the Ideas and Content score.

Topic Sentence (proposition)
A                                             C                                             F
 TS is a statement that demands proof,        TS is a statement that can be                TS is a fact statement or a statement
not simply a fact.                            elaborated upon, but may not demand           that does not promote elaboration to any
 TS shows probing or analytical thinking,    proof; may simply be a fact.                  depth.
not merely definition, clarification or        TS suggests depth of thought, but            TS is a summary, clarification, or
summary.                                      perhaps not deep analysis.                    definition.
 TS is a complete sentence, properly          TS is a complete sentence, properly          TS has errors in either capitalization or
capitalized and punctuated.                   punctuated and capitalized.                   end punctuation.
 After reading the TS, the reader can         After reading the TS, the reader can         After reading the TS, the reader cannot
predict what kinds of evidence to expect.     predict what kinds of evidence to expect.     predict what kinds of evidence to expect;
                                                                                            the
                                                                                             TS seems to be evidence rather than a
                                                                                            proposition.

Context (setup for the proof)
A                                             C                                             F
 Cx anticipates what the reader will          Cx vaguely identifies where and when         Cx includes the phrase “this happens.”
need to know in order to understand the       the CD takes place in the story, perhaps      (Automatic F!)
CD.                                           not giving the reader everything they          Cx does not apply means of helping the
 Cx uses multiple means of helping the       need in order to understand.                  reader understand (cues such as “early in
reader understand the plot (cues such as       Cx uses at least one means of helping       the novel” or “before the accident,” or
“early in the novel” or “before the           the reader understand the plot or             other chronological/plot cues).
accident,” or other chronological/plot        chronology (cues such as “early in the         Cx seems completely disconnected from
cues).                                        novel” or “before the accident,” or other     the TS.
 Cx flows smoothly from the TS.              chronological/plot cues).                      Cx is at least one sentence long, but
 Cx is at least one sentence long, and        Cx may seem a little disjointed from the    contains capitalization and punctuation
contains proper capitalization and            TS.                                           errors.
punctuation.                                   Cx is at least one sentence long, and        Cx does not effectively give background
 After reading the TS, the reader feels      contains proper capitalization and            needed for the reader to understand the
informed enough to thoroughly                 punctuation.                                  CD..
understand the CD.                             After reading the TS, the reader feels
                                              informed enough to adequately
                                              understand the CD.




Rubrics for CD and Cm are on the back of this page.
Concrete Detail (proof/evidence)
A                                            C                                             F
 CD is copied, word for word, from the       CD is copied, word for word, from the        CD is not copied word for word from the
text (or if given teacher permission, has    text (or if given teacher permission, has     text or contains obvious internal spelling,
been succinctly paraphrased in a detailed    been succinctly paraphrased in a detailed     grammar, punctuation, or other errors.
manner).                                     manner).                                       “Quotation marks” and proper
 CD is properly punctuated using             CD is properly punctuated using             punctuation of CD include two or more
“quotation marks.”                           “quotation marks,” with no more than          errors.
 Page numbers are correctly cited, either   one error.                                     Page numbers are missing or are
in parenthesis or in a phrase such as “on     Page numbers are cited, but perhaps         incorrect.
page 227, the text states:”.                 punctuation or parenthesis are incorrect.      CD is a naked quotation.
 CD includes a phrase of the writer’s own    CD includes a phrase of the writer’s own     CD TELLS rather than SHOWS proof of
voice, thus avoiding the naked quotation.    voice, thus avoiding the naked quotation.     the proposition offered in the TS, thus
 CD convincingly SHOWS proof of the          CD attempts to SHOW proof of the            making the paragraph seem repetitive
proposition offered in the TS.               proposition offered in the TS, though the     and superficial.
 After reading the CD, the reader feels     proof might be somewhat inconsistent           After reading the CD, the reader is
greater understanding of the TS              with the proposition; though still            confused or does not understand how the
proposition and can begin to consider the    germaine.                                     CD is related to or shows proof of the TS
importance or implication of the              After reading the CD, the reader feels an   proposition.
proposition.                                 understanding of the TS proposition, but
                                             may not be fully convinced of the the
                                             proof.


Commentary (analysis of the proof/evidence wrt the proposition)
A                                         C                                                F
 Cm includes the following parts:         Cm seems to effectively interpret the           Cm leaves the reader to draw their own
    >An explanation of what the CD is     CD.                                              conclusions rather than to articulate
saying.                                    Cm “connects the dots” for the reader          connections for the reader.
   >A clear connection between the CD     to clearly articulate the connection              Cm does not clearly connect the CD
and TS.                                   between the proof and the proposition.           proof to the TS proposition; Cm seems to
   >A thorough and convincing analysis of  Cm clearly connects the CD proof to the        simply explain the CD without connecting
the CD, extending understanding through TS proposition and makes meaningful                it to the TS proposition.
analysis and inference.                   attempts at analysis and inference.               Cm is overly superficial and fails to offer
 Cm “connects the dots” for the reader    Cm elaborates but does not necessarily         any depth of thought.
to clearly articulate the connection      move into higher-level thinking and               Cm includes two or fewer sentences, or
between the proof and the proposition.    analysis, perhaps focusing on superficial        contains significant capitalization or
 Cm is insightful, analytical, draws     ideas and themes rather than diving into         punctuation errors.
meaningful and convincing conclusions,    depth of thought.
and clearly connects the CD proof to the   Cm clearly attempts to prove the TS
TS proposition.                           proposition is correct.
 Cm illustrates the writer “extending     Cm includes at least two properly
understanding” through elaboration,       punctuated and capitalized sentences.
probing, analysis and higher level
thinking.
 Cm uses phrases or language that echo
the TS proposition without seeming
simply repetitive.
 Cm convincingly proves the TS
proposition to be correct.
 Cm includes at least three properly
punctuated and capitalized sentences.

				
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