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Information & Explanatory - Grades 6-8

Write informative and explanatory pieces to compare, contrast and explain complex ideas through analyzing and organizing ideas.

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Introduces the topic and creates an organizational structure Clearly introduces a relevant and focused topic

Organizational structure utilizes paragraphs to clearly and effectively present ideas

Logical order of information forms focused response
Introduces a relevant topic

Organizational structure utilizes paragraphs to present ideas

Order of information forms focused response
Introduction of topics lacks clarity or specificity

Organizational structure is inconsistent, paragraphs include ideas that are not related

Order of information detracts from the focus
No introduction of topic or irrelevant to the topic

No apparent organizational structure
Topic Development Comprehensive, relevant information (e.g. facts, definitions, quotations and concrete details) included to effectively develop a unified piece

Information from accurate and credible sources is integrated

Sources are referenced/cited accurately

Tone and style are appropriate for audience and purpose
Relevant information (e.g. facts, definitions, quotations and concrete details) included to develop a focused piece

Information is from accurate and credible sources

Sources are referenced/cited accurately with minor punctuation errors

Tone and style are appropriate for audience and purpose
Information (e.g. facts, definitions, quotations, and concrete details) is inconsistent, vague or repetitive resulting in a drift from topic

Information is plausible, but source lacks accuracy or credibility

Sources are referenced/cited inconsistently or incompletely

Tone and style are inconsistent for audience and purpose
Insufficient or irrelevant information with major drift from the topic and no development

Information is not based on credible or accurate sources

Sources are referenced/cited incorrectly or not at all

Tone and style are not appropriate for the purpose and audience
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 creates unity from beginning to end
Transitional language develops relationships and transitions between ideas

Connections between ideas supported and consistent 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
Limited, if any, transitional language used

Extraneous ideas detract from the topic or information is too limited to demonstrate progression
Provides a concluding statement or section Effective, clear conclusion consistent with topic

Conclusion appropriate for audience and purpose
Conclusion consistent with topic

Conclusion appropriate for audience and purpose
Conclusion lacks clarity or is irrelevant to the topic

Conclusion is generic
No conclusion present, or detracts from the purpose
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 incomplete with basic vocabulary

Frequent critical errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation impact meaning
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