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Exposition: Cause-and-Effect Essay

Rubric and Scoring Models

Rubric for Cause-and-Effect

Use the following criteria to evaluate cause-and-effect essays.

Score 4 Audience and Purpose

Consistently targets an audience through word choice and details; clearly identifies purpose in introduction Presents a clear, consistent organizational strategy to show cause and effect Successfully links causes with effects; fully elaborates connections among ideas

Score 3

Targets an audience through most word choices and details; identifies purpose in introduction Presents a clear organizational strategy with occasional inconsistencies to show cause and effect Links causes with effects; elaborates connections among most ideas

Score 2

Misses a target audience by including a wide range of word choice and details; presents no clear purpose Presents an inconsistent organizational strategy; creates illogical presentation of causes and effects Links some causes with some effects; elaborates connections among some ideas Misses some opportunities for transitions to convey ideas; presents many mechanical errors

Score 1

Addresses no specific audience or purpose


Demonstrates a lack of organizational strategy; creates a confusing presentation Develops and elaborates no links between causes and effects Demonstrates poor use of language; presents many mechanical errors


Use of Language

Chooses clear transitions Chooses transitions to to convey ideas; presents convey ideas; presents few mechanical errors very few mechanical errors

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