It’s a soft, blue-sky break before the gray skies of winter begin to reflect the steely cold waters the lake becomes with the first freeze.. Not Submitted
Paragraph Construction: Topic Sentence
No topic sentence included in the paragraph, or the sentence selected is not appropriate.
Topic sentence is evident and used to relate to most sentences, but not all.
Topic sentence is used as the main idea of the paragraph, and directly relates to most of the body sentences, but some sentences may not relate.
Topic sentence clearly illustrates the purpose of the paper and is used to command the rest of the body sentences.
Paragraph Construction: Body Sentences
Either no body sentences provided, incomplete sentences, or sentences do not relate to the main idea for the paragraph.
Most body sentences relate correctly back to topic sentence, but not all fit into the descriptive paragraph coherently.
Body sentences tie main idea to the paragraph assignment, but do not include enough detail and examples for a descriptive paragraph.
Body sentences discuss main idea of the paragraph. Illustrate good use of details and examples to achieve the descriptive purpose of the assignment.
No concluding sentence in paragraph or concluding sentence does not offer any sense of closure or seem appropriate.
Conclusion seems to be apparent to the reader; however, a sentence does not tie into the main idea as expressed.
Concluding sentence is carefully tied into the main idea stated as the topic sentence, but does not make clear this is the conclusion of the paragraph.
Concluding sentence is relevant to show review of the main idea as expressed and signals completion of the paragraph.
Incomplete sentences or sentence errors evident throughout the paragraph.
Most sentences are complete and show correct constructions; however, no variety of sentence structures is evident.
Some evidence of varied sentence structures used correctly, but some parts of the paragraph body sentences fail to show complex/simple sentence variety.
Varied sentence structure and simple/complex sentences handled correctly. Demonstrates use of the steps of the writing process. Effective use of transitions noted.
Grammar and Mechanical
Many grammatical and mechanical errors throughout paragraph. No transitional sentences used or ones used are ineffective.
Some grammatical errors interrupt flow and meaning of the paragraph; however, most are complete. Some attempt at use of transitions in paragraph.
A few grammatical and mechanical errors evident in paragraph, but do not seem to drastically change the readers perception of the answers. Transitions used.
No grammatical or mechanical errors evident in complete variety of simple and complex sentences that illuminate the idea of the assignment.
Good use of transitions evident.