Nevada Opinion Writing (5th)
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  Deep Command
(strongest)
Sufficient Command Partial Command Limited Command
(weakest)
Statement of Opinion
sentence-level
Clearly states opinion
Adequately states opinion
Somewhat clear or unclear opinion
Lacks opinion or confusing or ambiguous or may be related to purpose
Focus
whole document
Purposefully focused
Generally focused
Somewhat focused or somewhat unfocused or minor drift in focus
Lacks focus or major drift in focus
Maintain Purpose/Focus
whole document
Strongly maintained throughout
Generally maintained (some loosely related material may be present)
Somewhat or insufficiently sustained with some extraneous material
Too brief to be maintained
Provides Context
whole document
Clearly communicates opinion within the context
Adequately provides context for the opinion
Some context is provided
Insufficiently provides context or lacks context
Introduction (  )
paragraph-level
Clearly and effectively introduces the topic or text with attention to audience and purpose
Adequately introduces the topic or text
Weak introduction
Lacks introduction
Grouping and Ordering
whole document
Logically groups and orders reasons from beginning to end
Adequately groups and orders reasons from beginning to end
Uneven grouping and progression of reasons
Does not group reasons or unrelated reasons intrude
Transition
sentence-level
Effectively uses a variety of transitional strategies to link opinion and reasons
Adequately uses a variety of linking words, phrases, and clauses to link opinion and reasons (some ideas may be loosely connected)
Inconsistently uses basic transitions
Few or no transitions used
Concluding Statement
sentence-level
Effectively provides a concluding statement or section that is related to the opinion that addresses audience and purpose
Adequately provides a concluding statement or section that is related to the opinion
Weak concluding statement or section
Lacks concluding statement or section
Sources, Facts, Details
whole document
Thoroughly and convincingly supports opinion and reasons with sources, facts, and details
Adequately supports opinion and reasons with sources, facts, and details
Uneven or cursory support of opinion and reasons with partial or uneven use of sources, facts, and details
Minimal support of opinion and reasons with minimal or no use of sources, facts, and details
Evidence
sentence-level
Smoothly integrates comprehensive and relevant evidence from sources (sources are specific and precise)
Adequately integrates evidence from sources (sources may be general or imprecise)
Weakly integrates evidence from sources (uneven or inconsistent citations)
Minimal or no integration of evidence from sources (sources are minimal or absent or in error or irrelevant)
Elaborative Techniques
whole document
Effectively uses a variety of elaborative techniques
Adequately uses some elaborative techniques
Weak or uneven use of elaborative techniques
Minimal or no use of elaborative techniques
Precise Academic Language
whole document
Effectively expresses ideas using precise academic language
Generally appropriate use of academic language (may mix precise and more general language)
Uneven use of academic language or simplistic language
Limited or vague or unclear or confusing use of language
Domain-Specific Vocabulary
whole document
Effectively expresses ideas using precise domain-specific vocabulary
Generally appropriate use of domain-specific vocabulary
Uneven use of domain-specific vocabulary or simplistic vocabulary
Limited or vague or unclear or confusing use of academic vocabulary
Audience and Purpose
whole document
Clearly uses language and vocabulary that is appropriate for audience and purpose
Adequately uses language and vocabulary that is generally appropriate for audience and purpose
Uneven or inappropriate use of language and vocabulary for audience and purpose
Little sense of audience and purpose
Usage and Sentence Formation
whole document
Few, if any, errors in usage and sentence formation
Some errors in usage and sentence formation are present (no systemic pattern of errors)
Frequent errors in usage and sentence formation may obscure meaning
Consistent errors in usage and sentence formation obscure meaning
Punctuation, Capitalization, Spelling
whole document
Effective and consistent use of punctuation, capitalization, and spelling
Adequate use of punctuation, capitalization, and spelling
Inconsistent use of punctuation, capitalization, and spelling
Consistent errors in punctuation, capitalization, and spelling obscure meaning


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