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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