CPWA Rubric
What is a rubric?

A rubric is a set of expectations that a teacher has of the students in a class. It tells the student exactly what he/she needs to learn from an assignment. At the same time, it also acts as a guide for students to base the level of their mastery of a particulary subject that is being studied. In other words, a rubric clearly communicates the specific skill sets or abilities that students have either mastered or still need to master.

Understanding the CPWA rubric.


BASIC LEVEL

Writing Criteria
Indicators
Structure

Organization / Transitions / Paragraphs

  • Inconsistent organization
  • Paragraphs composed of 6 or fewer sentences
  • Missing transitions between sentences and paragraphs
Argument

Thesis, points directly address and expand topics.

  • Missing thesis or thesis merely summarizes topic
Support

Examples, detials, commentary that prove argument

  • Needs more or has irrelevant examples, details, facts, and commentary; restates position instead of proving argument
  • Overall, lacks critical thinking and offers little to no explanation of what, why, how, and significance.
Content Knowledge

Understanding of topic

  • Demonstrates lack of understanding of topic
Level of Discourse

Maturity of articulation, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of topic

  • Sentence structure lacks one or more areas of correctness.
  • Sentences do not vary in length and lack structure.
Diction

Word choice / vocabulary

  • Uses forbidden words.
  • Improper use of, or Informal, word choice that obscures clarity of the argument being made.
Mechanics and Presentation

Correctness in formatting, capitalization, sentences, punctuation, prounoun usage, verb tense

  • One or more errors in:
    • Capitalization
    • Punctuation
    • Sentence structure
    • Pronoun usage
    • Verb Tense
    • Paragraphing
    • One or more sentence fragments
    • Lacking parallel structure

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Writing Criteria
Indicators
Structure

Organization / Transitions / Paragraphs

  • Clear organization
  • Paragraphs composed of 7-9 sentences.
  • Transitions that link ideas within paragraphs AND link paragraphs to create flow from one idea to the next.
Argument

Thesis, points directly address and expand topics.

  • Clear statement of topic that mainly describes topic
Support

Examples, detials, commentary that prove argument

  • Provides varied, relevant details, facts, and commentary but lacks sufficient support and/or does not fully prove argument.
  • Evidence of critical thinking. Attempts to explain what, why, how, and the significance.
Content Knowledge

Understanding of topic

  • Demonstrates basic understanding of topic
Level of Discourse

Maturity of articulation, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of topic

  • Sentences are written correctly and clearly communicates the thoughts of the writer.
  • Sentences are well-structured and varies in length.
Diction

Word choice / vocabulary

  • Does not use any “forbidden words
  • Proper and formal word choice that clearly explains points made to advance their argument.
Mechanics and Presentation

Correctness in formatting, capitalization, sentences, punctuation, prounoun usage, verb tense

  • Absolutely NO errors in:
    • Capitalization
    • Punctuation
    • Sentence structure
    • Pronoun usage
    • Verb Tense
    • Paragraphing
    • No sentence fragments
    • Parallel structure

ADVANCED LEVEL

Writing Criteria
Indicators
Structure

Organization / Transitions / Paragraphs

  • Clear organization
  • Paragraphs composed of 9-11 sentences.
  • Transitions that link ideas within paragraphs AND link paragraphs to create flow from one idea to the next.
Argument

Thesis, points directly address and expand topics.

  • Clear and strong statement of argument that goes beyond just description.
Support

Examples, detials, commentary that prove argument

  • Provides numerous, varied, and relevant examples, details, facts, and commentary that support and prove argument.
  • Evidence of critical thinking, by explaining what, why, how, and the significance of examples cited.
Content Knowledge

Understanding of topic

  • Demonstrates complete understanding of topic and its nuances.
Level of Discourse

Maturity of articulation, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of topic

  • Sentences are written correctly and clearly communicates the thoughts of the writer.
  • Sentences are well-structured and varies in length.
Diction

Word choice / vocabulary

  • Does not use any “forbidden words
  • Proper and formal word choice that clearly explains points made to advance their argument.
Mechanics and Presentation

Correctness in formatting, capitalization, sentences, punctuation, prounoun usage, verb tense

  • Absolutely NO errors in:
    • Capitalization
    • Punctuation
    • Sentence structure
    • Pronoun usage
    • Verb Tense
    • Paragraphing
    • No sentence fragments
    • Parallel structure

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