STAAR English I Expository

STAAR English I Expository

This is a STAAR standards-aligned expository writing rubric for grade 9.

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This rubric utilizes the following criteria:

  • Structure: The organizing structure of the essay is appropriate to the stated purpose and is responsive to the specific demands of the prompt. The organizational strategy or strategies the writer chooses enhance the clarity and quality of the essay.
  • Focus: All ideas are clearly related to the thesis statement and are focused on the topic. Through this sustained focus, the writer is able to develop an essay that is unified and coherent.
  • Progression:The writer’s progression of ideas is coherent and well controlled. Meaningful transitions and strong sentence-to-sentence connections clearly show the relationships among ideas throughout the essay.
  • Development: The development of ideas is effective because the details and examples are specific and well chosen, adding substance to the essay.
  • Perspective: The essay is thoughtful and engaging. The writer may approach the topic from an unusual perspective, may use his/her unique experiences or view of the world as a basis for writing, or may connect ideas in interesting ways. The writer demonstrates a deep understanding of the expository writing task.
  • Word Choice: The writer’s word choice is very effective. It reflects a keen awareness of purpose and establishes an appropriate tone. For these reasons word choice strongly contributes to the clarity of the essay.
  • Sentences: Sentences are purposeful, varied, and well controlled, enhancing the effectiveness of the essay.
  • Conventions: The overall strength of the conventions contributes to the rhetorical effectiveness of the essay. The writer demonstrates a consistent command of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, usage, and sentence boundaries. Although minor errors may be evident, they do not detract from the fluency of the writing or the clarity of the essay.

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Submitted by: Michelle Lee
9th Grade English Language Arts Teacher.

Michelle Lee is a 9th Grade English Language Arts teacher. She uses this rubric to help students learn what needs to be covered in the STAAR standards for expository writing.