Persuasive Writing Rubric Maker
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How to Evaluate Persuasive Writing Skills
Evaluating a student's persuasive writing skills is just as challenging as teaching them. Reading numerous long essays can often leave room for errors. Teachers can sometimes miss out on essential details. However, creating a rubric in advance with the criteria discussed below can aid teachers in evaluating persuasive writing techniques.
What Is a Persuasive Piece?
Persuasive writing is an essay written to convince or persuade its readers towards a side of an issue. The idea is to write such an essay that a reader is influenced and can choose a side with the help of the writer's argument. Hence, students must apply specific techniques to make their body of work more influential.
How to Evaluate These Techniques
Since a persuasive essay's goal is to persuade, it makes the writing more technical than a simple expose. Hence, having a preset rubric becomes beneficial in evaluating detailed work while saving time and effort.
Here are some areas in which you can assess your student's essay:
Persuasive writing topics generally have two sides. Your student must decide the side they will write in favor of and stick to that idea. If a point or detail attempts to favor the other side of the argument over the course of the work, then points must be deducted.
Once a student has a clear side, they need to further support it with logical reasoning. For example, adding details or factual accounts can make a student's argument more robust. However, the logic provided must match the idea they're supporting. Otherwise, scores can be deducted.
Organization and Structure
When writing a persuasive essay, some details might directly support the main idea, whereas others may have an indirect link to the actual topic.
Since written work captures the reader's attention within the first few paragraphs, students must organize their essays so that directly supporting details are in those paragraphs. A reader must be grabbed and persuaded in the first few lines; otherwise, the essay comes off as weak.
Students must plan on structuring their writing in such a way while crafting their draft. Having a set of topic sentences with supporting details in the planning phase of writing will allow the students to have a well-written product. You can, therefore, also use the rubric to evaluate the drafts. This activity could be a non-graded assignment.
Vocabulary and Word Choice
The English language has many words to elaborate on a single idea; knowing which word fits best in a particular sentence is a skill. And since persuasive writing is a skill of using a series of thought-provoking words to create influence, you must strictly grade your students on vocabulary and word choice.
Students must also avoid overloading the essay with vocabulary words only as it takes away the personal appeal from the write-up and makes it more academic; keeping the balance is critical.
Grammar and Sentence Structure
Punctuations strongly influence written words on readers, while proper spellings and written sentences increase credibility. Hence, students must take care of the conventions and don't risk their piece's effect just because of weak proofreading. You must check for these details in your student's writing and deduct scores if they make errors.
Giving various persuasive writing topics to students every week will help them practice their persuasive writing techniques and eventually become pros at it.
Your fair evaluation and constructive feedback will also aid them in understanding their best practice and areas of improvement. Remember, the goal of a rubric is to make evaluation easy and beneficial for you and your students. Keep tweaking them and reusing them for other writings as well.