Students should consider having the following items when they write a paragraph:
|Category||Requirements to Consider|
|Content and Organization||
Student begins writing with a point (opinion statement) that answers the prompt.
Student provides at least two pieces of evidence that support his/her point (evidence may include quotations, facts, and/or personal experiences; however, one piece of evidence MUST be from a literary source).
Student includes analysis for each piece of evidence that shows critical thinking.
Student has explained ideas in a logical order.
|Style and Fluency||
Sentences are fluent and easy to understand.
Student transitions between ideas smoothly.
Evidence is introduced sufficiently.
Student uses vocabulary and a writing style that is appropriate for the audience that he/she is addressing.
Few, if any, spelling and grammatical errors.
Writing is readable and shows evidence of proofreading.
Evidence is correctly documented.
|POINT||What is your point? The point is YOU! Your stance, your opinion.||Stance
|EVIDENCE||Evidence is the world… it is what we look at to draw our conclusions.||Support
|ANALYSIS||Analysis EXPLAINS how we see the evidence||How do you SEE the evidence?
How does your evidence PROVE your point?
What does the evidence MEAN?
Why does the evidence MATTER?
Move it to the bigger picture!