D Emerging Grading. Does Not Meet Expectations.
* The paragraph does not have a recognizable topic sentence.
* Some details are off-topic and should be deleted.
* Supporting details are not organized in any logical way and seem random.
* The paragraph may cover two separate topics that should be split into two different paragraphs.
* No transitions are used.
C Developing Grading. Approaches Expectations.
* A topic sentence is present but is not strong.
* Most details are on-topic.
* Supporting details are not specific enough, and the evidence given may not be sufficient to fully support the topic.
* The organization is occasionally difficult to follow.
* Simple transitions are occasionally used.
B Proficient Grading. Meets Expectations.
*The paragraph has a topic sentence that clearly states the main idea.
* Specific examples, statistics, facts, or quotes support the topic.
* Details are organized in a way that makes sense.
* No irrelevant details detract from the main idea.
* Simple transitions make the flow of ideas easy to follow.
A Advanced Grading. Exceeds Expectation.
In addition to PROFICIENT…
* The paragraph successfully goes beyond the standard format to be unique and engaging.
* The organization of details is subtle but still easy to follow.
* Logical, insightful connections are made between ideas.
* Transitions are more sophisticated and blend in with the writing.