TPEQEA Paragraph Rubric  

CONTENT RUBRIC (CONTENT SCORE: __________)

TOPIC

YES (2 points)

ATTEMPTS (1 point)

NO (no points)

The topic sentence provides background information, assuming the reader has no information about the assignment.

The topic sentence provides factual background information about the prompt.

POINT

YES (2 points)

ATTEMPTS (1 point)

NO (no points)

The point addresses the prompt/topic.

The point states the writer’s opinion/position about the prompt.

The writer states his/her opinion and then says why by using the word “because,” or uses an implied because.

EXAMPLE

YES (2 points)

ATTEMPTS (1 point)

NO (no points)

The writer provides a specific example to illustrate his/her opinion about the prompt/point.

QUOTATION

YES (2 points)

ATTEMPTS (1 point)

NO (no points)

The writer provides a quote from another source that agrees with his/her opinion about the prompt/point.

The writer introduces the quote by stating who the source is.

The writer’s point is still made without another source’s agreement (if there is not quote).

ELABORATION

YES (2 points)

ATTEMPTS (1 point)

NO (no points)

The elaboration sentence explains why the writer used the example and quote to prove the point.

The elaboration sentence explains how the example and quote are connected.

ANALYSIS

YES (2 points)

ATTEMPTS (1 point)

NO (no points)

This sentence does more than just summarizes what has already been stated in the paragraph.

This sentence refers back to the point.

This sentence discusses how the topic relates to the future or answers the question, “So what?”

 

COVENTIONS RUBRIC (CONVENTIONS SCORE __________)

2 points

There are 3 or fewer grammatical errors.

1 point

There are several errors but the paper is still readable. 

0 points

There are so many grammatical errors that the paragraph is difficult to read.

 

Common Conventions Errors

Comma usage

Contraction usage

Possession

Spelling

Subject/verb agreement

Tense

Sentence fragment

Run-on sentences

Quotation punctuation

Pronoun usage

Homophone

 

TOTAL: ________/14   GRADE: ________/________

This rubric will be used in all courses.