SEARCH – Essay rubric for #1

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
4 In addition to score 3.0 performance, the student demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications that go beyond what was taught.
3.5 in addition to score 3.0 performance, partial success at score 4.0 content
3 Students will produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
2.5 No major errors or omissions regarding score 2.0 content and partial success at score 3.0 content
2 Students will produce writing in which the development, organization, and style may be appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
1.5 Partial success at score 2.0 content and major errors or omissions regarding score 3.0 content
1 With help, partial success at score 2.0 content and score 3.0 content
0 Even with help, no success

Write arguments in a variety of forms (Arguments, narratives, and expository) to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
4 In addition to score 3.0 performance, the student demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications that go beyond what was taught.
3.5 in addition to score 3.0 performance, partial success at score 4.0 content
3 students will write arguments in a variety of forms (Arguments, narratives, and expository) to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
2.5 No major errors or omissions regarding score 2.0 content and partial success at score 3.0 content
2 Students will write arguments in a variety of forms (Arguments, narratives, and expository) to support claims in an analysis of topics or texts, using reasoning and evidence.
1.5 Partial success at score 2.0 content and major errors or omissions regarding score 3.0 content
1 With help, partial success at score 2.0 content and score 3.0 content
0 Even with help, no success

Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
4 In addition to score 3.0 performance, the student demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications that go beyond what was taught.
3.5 in addition to score 3.0 performance, partial success at score 4.0 content
3 Students will provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented without repeating information.
2.5 No major errors or omissions regarding score 2.0 content and partial success at score 3.0 content
2 Students will provide a concluding statement or section that follows from the argument presented.
1.5 Partial success at score 2.0 content and major errors or omissions regarding score 3.0 content
1 With help, partial success at score 2.0 content and score 3.0 content
0 Even with help, no success

LEADS:
What do I stand for? What a big question. Why is the sky blue? Why do we care about Mars? These are easier answers to provide for the average seventeen year old.

Beauty is, indeed, in the eye of the beholder. I hold beauty tight because there is so little of it in the world. I stand for beauty and all the beautiful things in the world.

She broke my heart. Each step she took, increased the chasm of darkness in my heart and I had no idea how recovery was an option.

TOPIC SENTENCES, Evidence, and analysis:
First, I stand for responsibility. Responsibility is an incredibly important trait to have as one goes forward in life. For example, if one does not turn in one’s homework now, how will one survive in college? Not well.

Responsibility ties itself closely with trust. Trust is hard to build if one won’t take responsibility for one’s actions. For example, when I was in 7th grade, I refused to take any responsibility for my actions (cheating, lying, etc.), so I lost friends.

Trust cannot be maintained if one part of the equation refused to take ownership of his or her actions. Responsibility is so much bigger than turning in papers, or telling the truth all the time. True responsibility means that when I mess us, I take ownership of my actions. When my best friend called me a liar in 7th grade and walked away, I was broken because she was right.

CONCLUSIONS:
To conclude, Trust and responsibility are important because they relieve tension, reduce stress, and make you a better person all around.

A flower, a twinkle in a person’s eye, a smile from a stranger, these are moments, tiny sparkling moments of beauty that I cherish. Time on earth is fleeting, and I refuse to waste a moment of it missing what matters.

The aftermath of that choice lingered as each click of her step echoed the words on her lips. It wasn’t who I wanted to be. I wasn’t who I was. I just wanted to be part of the cool crowd, but it wasn’t worth losing the one person who understood me to the core of my being. She walked away and I was left as I was, a liar.

 

Writing notes:

Things – kill it

Natural Transitions versus first, second, in conclusion, to conclude, etc.

LEADS and TITLES:

Title – not topic, usually linked to something in he conclusion

Lead – not a question, usually linked to the “so what” of the thesis

HW: Self score your essay and fill out the following form:

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