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Persuasive Essay Rubric

 Persuasive Essay Rubric:  Mrs. James 7th/8th Grade English

Student's First and Last Name ________________________________________

Length: 2-3 pages

8th grade DUE Thurs., Feb. 6th

7th grade DUE- Thurs., Feb. 13th         

Neatness-  ________ 4
The essay is typed in no larger than 12 point font and in black ink.
The rubric is stapled to the front of the essay
The essay is doubled spaced

Mechanics- __________ 4

Correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and sentence structure are used throughout the essay. There are few, if any errors in the essay.

Thesis Statement-  __________ 4

The thesis statement (controlling idea of the essay) is well developed, and presents the writer’s issue and point of view clearly in the introduction of the essay.

Reasons- __________ 4

A minimum of three reasons are given for the thesis
The reasons are perfectly clear and in order of importance

Evidence-  __________4

Each reason is supported by statistics, facts, and or expert opinions and reflects a consistent point of view

Body-  __________ 4

Elaborates in detail upon the reasons and the evidence
Uses appropriate language (No slang or informal language)

Counterarguments- __________ 4

Potential arguments are clearly anticipated and addressed

Transitional Words and Phrases-  __________ 4

Transitions are used well and make the relationship between ideas clear

Conclusion- __________ 4

Restates opinion, summarizes reasons, and includes a call to action if it applies

 Total Score__________________ = A      B      C      D      F