|Introduction||The introduction is inviting, states the main topic and previews the structure of the paper.||The introduction clearly states the main topic and previews the structure of the paper, but is not particularly inviting to the reader||The introduction states the main topic, but does not adequately preview the structure of the paper nor is it particularly inviting to the reader.||There is no clear introduction of the main topic or structure of the paper.|
|Focus on Topic||There is one clear, well-focused topic. Main idea stands out and is supported by detailed information.||Main idea is clear but the supporting information is general.||Main idea is somewhat clear but there is a need for more supporting information.||There is a seemingly random collection of information.|
|Support for Topic||Relevant, telling, quality details give the reader important information that goes beyond the
obvious or predictable.
|Supporting details and information are relevant, but one key issue or portion of the storyline is unsupported.||Supporting details and information are relevant, but several key issues or portions of the storyline are unsupported.||Few, if any supporting details.|
|Sequencing||Details are placed in a logical order and the way they are presented effectively keeps the interest of the reader.||Details are placed in a logical order, but the way in which they are presented/introduced sometimes makes the writing less interesting.||Some details are not in a logical or expected order, and this distracts the reader.||Many details are not in a logical or expected order. There is little sense that the writing is organized.|
|Capitalization, Punctuation, Grammar and Spelling||Writer makes no errors in capitalization, punctuation, grammar or spelling, so the paper is exceptionally easy to read.||Writer makes 1 or 2 errors in capitalization, punctuation, grammar or spelling, but the paper is still easy to read.||Writer makes a few errors in capitalization, punctuation, grammar or spelling, that catch the reader's attention and interrupt the flow.||Writer makes numerous errors in capitalization, punctuation, grammar or spelling, that catch the reader's attention and greatly interrupt the flow.|
|Conclusion||The conclusion is strong and leaves the reader with a feeling that they understand what the writer is "getting at."||The conclusion is recognizable and ties up almost all the loose ends.||The conclusion is recognizable, but does not tie up several loose ends.||There is no discernable conclusion. The writing simply stops.|