Writing structure rubric









Limited awareness of audience or purpose


Some evidence of communicating with an audience for a specific purpose; some lapses in focus.


Focused on a purpose; communicates with an audience; evidence of voice and suitable tone.


Establishes a purpose and maintains clear focus; strong awareness of audience; evidence of distinctive voice and appropriate tone.


Minimal idea development; limited or unrelated details.


Unelaborated idea development; unelaborated or repitious details.


Depth of idea development supported by elaborated, relevant details.


Depth and complexity of ideas supported by rich, engaging, and pertinent details; evidence of analysis; reflection, insight.


Random or weak organization.


Lapses in organization or coherence.


Logical, coherent organization


Careful and subtle organization.


Incorrect or ineffective sentence structure.


Simplistic or awkward sentence structure.


Controlled and varied sentence structure.


Variety of sentence structure and length enhances effect.


Incorrect or ineffective language.


Simplistic or imprecise language.


Acceptable, effective language.


Precise and rich language.


Errors in spelling, punctuation, and capitalization are disproportionate to length and complexity.


Some errors in spelling, punctuation, and capitalization that do not interfere with communication.


Few errors in spelling, punctuation and capitalization relative to length and complexity.


Control of spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.




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