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Argument/Opinion – Grades 3-5

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 to group all related evidence

States a claim

Organizational structure used to group related pieces of evidence

States a claim that lacks clarity

Organizational structure groups some evidence, but not all

No evidence of a claim

No apparent organizational structure

Evidence supports the claim

All examples clearly and effectively support the claim

Examples support the claim

Not all examples support the claim

No examples supporting claim

Progression (links one idea to the next)

Linking words and phrases (e.g. because, therefore, since) effectively connect a range of examples.

All examples presented build upon previous ideas

Linking words and phrases (e.g. because, therefore, since) connect examples

Examples presented are connected to previous ideas

Linking words and phrases (e.g. because, therefore, since) used inconsistently or incorrectly

Examples presented lack a clear connection

No linking words and phrases used

Examples are presented separately, with no clear connection

Provides a concluding statement or section

Effective, clear conclusion that relates back to the claim

Conclusion relates back to the claim

Conclusion lacks clarity but relates to claim

No conclusion present

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

Errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation do not impact clarity

Sentences are incomplete with basic vocabulary

Multiple errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation impact clarity