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Argument/Opinion - Grades 6-8

Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with evidence.

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Introduces the topic and creates an organizational structure Clearly states a claim

Organizational structure used clearly and effectively presents claims, counterclaims and relevant evidence

Logical order of information forms focused response
States a claim

Organizational structure used presents claims, counterclaims and relevant evidence.

Order of information forms focused response
States a claim that lacks clarity of specificity

Organizational structure lacks clarity when presenting claims, counterclaims and evidence

Order of information detracts from the focus
No claim is made, or the claim deviates from the topic

No apparent organizational structure
Evidence supports the claim All claims are supported with logical reasoning and relevant evidence

Evidence drawn from accurate and credible sources
Claims are supported with relevant evidence

Evidence drawn from accurate and credible sources
Claims are supported with inconsistent evidence

Evidence is plausible, but from a source that lacks accuracy or credibility
Insufficient or irrelevant evidence

Evidence is not drawn from credible or accurate sources
Progression (links one idea to the next) Consistent and effective use of transitional language to establish relationships and transition between ideas

Strong connections between ideas build argument from beginning to end
Transitional language develops relationships and transitions between ideas

Connections between ideas support the argument from beginning to end
Inconsistent use of transitional language leads to the development of irrelevant or unclear relationships between ideas

Connections between ideas are generic and/or confusing
Little, if any, transitional language used

Extraneous ideas detract from the argument or evidence is too limited to demonstrate progression
Provides a concluding statement or section Effective, clear conclusion consistent with claim and purpose Conclusion consistent with claim and purpose Conclusion lacks clarity or is irrelevant to the claim or purpose No conclusion present or conclusion is counter to the claim
Language, Vocabulary and Conventions Effectively uses a wide range of sentence structure and vocabulary

All spelling, grammar and punctuation are accurate
Uses a range of sentence structure and vocabulary

All spelling, grammar and punctuation are accurate
Uses basic sentence structure and vocabulary, may be repetitive

Frequent errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation decrease clarity
Sentences are imcomplete with basic vocabulary

Frequent critical errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation impact meaning
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