Mrs. James’ Website 7th Grade, 8th Grade, and English
Persuasive Essay Rubric
Persuasive Essay Rubric: Mrs. James 7th/8th Grade English
Student's First and Last Name ________________________________________
Length: 500-750 words
Neatness- ________ 5
The essay is typed in no bigger than 14 point Times Roman font and in black ink.
The rubric is stapled to the front of the essay
The essay is doubled spaced
Mechanics- __________ 10
Correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and sentence structure are used throughout the essay. There are few, if any errors in the essay.
Thesis Statement- __________ 20
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.
The thesis allows the reader to predict the organizational pattern of the essay.
Reasons- __________ 10
A minimum of three reasons are given for the thesis
The reasons are perfectly clear and in order of importance
Each reason is supported by statistics, facts, and or expert opinions and reflects a consistent point of view
Body- __________ 20
Elaborates in detail upon the reasons and the evidence
Uses appropriate language (No slang or informal language)
Counterarguments- __________ 10
Potential arguments are clearly anticipated and addressed
Transitional Words and Phrases- __________ 5
Transitions are used well and make the relationship between ideas clear
Conclusion- __________ 10
Restates opinion, summarizes reasons, and includes a call to action if it applies
Total Score__________________ = A B C D F