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ESLA Writing Achievement Guidelines

Appropriate Achievement Strong Achievement


An appropriate achievement will illustrate writing that A strong achievement will illustrate writing that
Content Content
introduces a main idea
includes a strong main idea that is well supported with details
and examples
attempts to elaborate on the main idea, often generalizing
stays focused on the main topic throughout, providing
details, maintaining focus but with minimal distractions
supportive reasoning for that idea
Organization
Organization
introduces a clear introduction and an adequate ending
begins with a compelling statement as introduction and closes
generally uses a clear organizational pattern with a thought-provoking ending
may make some connections and transitions enhances understanding of the text with a clear organizational
Information text pattern
follows conventions of selected form (reports, letters, makes some connections and transitions
persuasive writing, invitations, etc.) Information text
may use special text features (charts, diagrams, etc.) to follows conventions of selected form (reports, letters,
explain content persuasive writing, invitations, etc.) with unique twists
uses introduction that presents purpose and audience may use special text features (charts, diagrams, etc.) to
uses text in a logical sequence of chronology or cause /
enhance meaning and clarity
effect uses introduction that announces purpose and captures the
uses a logical conclusion
audience
uses text in a logical sequence of chronology or cause / effect,
Word Choice etc. with some transitions

uses a logical and effective conclusion
includes word choices and/or phrases appropriate to the Word Choice
purpose, with limited repetition of words


effectively includes varied word choices and/or phrases to
may include some strong word choices enhance meaning
may include some substitutions with related words includes strong word choices
Voice


few substitutions with related words
demonstrates an engagement with subject


is concise and clear
includes glimpses of personal style Voice
Sentence Structure


demonstrates an awareness of audience and an engagement
includes some variety in sentence length and structure with subject
is easy to read, but may have choppy sentences includes sensory language or detail that creates a sense of
may include some sentence fragments or run-on sentences voice or personal style
Conventions Sentence Structure

generally includes correct capital letters and end punctuation uses a variety of sentence length and structure, logically
connecting ideas with some transitions


generally includes some internal punctuation (commas,
quotation marks, and apostrophes) is an easy read piece of writing

may contain some spelling errors uses complete sentences most of the time

generally follows subject/verb agreement may include a few sentence fragments or run-on sentences


Conventions

generally incorporates correct verb tense
correctly uses capital letters and end punctuation


generally uses pronouns correctly (e.g. gender)
includes internal punctuation (commas, quotation marks, and
some omitted words (meaning can be determined) apostrophes) with some control
words spelled correctly most of the time
follows subject/verb agreement most of the time
incorporates correct use of verb tense most of the time
correctly uses pronouns most of the time (e.g. gender)
few omitted words